Baby girl diagnosed with cancer at just 15 weeks… and has had four rounds of chemo before she was seven months old
15:00 GMT, 10 April 2012
A baby girl has been through four grueling rounds of chemotherapy and faces five more after being diagnosed with a rare form of muscle cancer.
Five days before Christmas, Philippa Jane Goymer was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer which causes tumours that develop from muscle and can grow in any part of the body.
Tricky start: Pip, pictured with mother Cassie, was diagnosed rhabdomyosarcoma when she was just 15 weeks old. A tumour had formed in a muscle that was attached to the bone
When Philippa was just 12-weeks-old, mum Cassie, 31, was changing her nappy when she noticed a small collection of 'skin tags' that had bled.
Cassie rang the health visitor and was told they shouldn’t worry, but that if they wanted to they could take Philippa into hospital to be checked over.
Cassie and dad Philip were horrified when she was diagnosed with the rare disease by after being referred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Waiting: Philip and Cassie Goymer with their daughter who still faces another five rounds of chemotherapy
Now seven-months-old, Phillipa has gone through four rounds of chemotherapy and faces five more.
Full-time mother Cassie, from Gateshead, said: 'Never in your wildest dreams do you imagine that you’ll take your baby into hospital and be told she has cancer.
'It’s been dreadful for the whole family but she’s just so strong.'
Phillipa, known as Pip, has had two operations including one to remove the tumour.
The family will find out tomorrow if she needs radiotherapy, which she may have to travel to Paris for.
Technical advisor for Orange, Philip, 31, said: 'She’s so small and so young and hasn’t done anything wrong so why should she be going through this'
'After her last chemotherapy she came round and had her milk, then spat it straight up but then five minutes later was laughing and bouncing around like the happy little baby she is.'
Cassie and Philip say they have been overwhelmed with the support they have received from family and friends and are planning to take part in The Children's Cancer Run in Newcastle.