From Pediatric Cancer Patient to Advocate (and More)
by in the Loop
Hanna Hughes was a "super active" teenager and played soccer for Rochester Lourdes High School when she started having hip pain. At first, doctors suspected a pulled muscle and recommended physical therapy. But the pain persisted, and an MRI revealed the reason: Hanna had a tumor in her hip. A grapefruit-sized tumor.
She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. Chemotherapy, unfortunately, failed to shrink the tumor. So doctors at Mayo Clinic gave Hanna a choice. "They could remove the tumor, but the margins wouldn't be clean," she tells us. That meant that some cancer cells would be left behind — a troubling prospect since chemotherapy had no effect on the tumor. Hanna chose a more aggressive treatment option. She had her right leg, hip and pelvis removed. "It was definitely hard going through that," she says. But today, she's six years cancer free and has no doubt she made the right choice.
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