Christmas Came Early for One Family: Boy Beats Rare Brain Cancer

Meet Cameron Scott, eight-year-old superhero who has been declared free from his stage 4 brain cancer!

Specifically, Cameron was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare high-risk tumor which spread to his spine.

What is Medulloblastoma?

Medulloblastoma is a cancerous/malignant brain tumor that starts in the lower back part of the brain, called the cerebellum, which is involved in muscle coordination, balance and movement.

Signs and symptoms of medulloblastoma may include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Poor coordination
  • Unsteady walk

Little Body, Big Heart

Cameron is now cancer-free after being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a journey his family shared as part of the TODAY Show’s “Thanks and Giving” series that highlights St. Jude.’s good work.

“I feel amazing now,” Cameron said. “I feel like I’ve been through everything.”

Cameron underwent a four-hour surgery to remove the tumors – a daunting event for anyone at any age.

“It was like an out-of-body experience,” said Cameron’s mother, Tamika. “They initially showed us the back and his spine, and the doctor looking at the pictures turned to the other doctors and said, ‘I need another MRI. I need you to scan upward.”’

At 53 pounds, Cameron went through six months of chemotherapy and radiation, which thankfully was all covered by St. Jude.

“He’s my hero,” said Cameron’s father Wendell.

He’s our hero too.

To learn more about Cameron’s journey click here and to watch the TODAY Show segment, see below!

 

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