Off to Oklahoma for Proton Beam Therapy
A few days later, we took Emma for a bone scan to ensure there was no spread. We were lucky and had caught it early. Chemotherapy started two days later and meant a two-night stay in hospital for each round she received (nine in total). Part of her treatment involved an extra chemotherapy as part of a clinical trial. In January 2014, Emma had a nine-hour operation to remove the tumour, a three day chemo course and then we all flew to Oklahoma so that she could undergo Proton Beam Therapy courtesy of the NHS. Apart from the usual ‘crashes’ between courses of chemotherapy, where she would need blood, platelets and sometimes antibiotics, Emma responded well to treatment. During our time in Oklahoma, we witnessed lots of patients ringing the bell after they’d completed their treatment. We couldn’t wait for Emma’s turn. On March 5, she had her last dose of Proton Beam Therapy and rang the end of treatment bell.