Limerick toddler to wait six months for trial cancer treatment after family raises over 400,000 – Extra.ie

A toddler from Co Limerick will have to wait six months to avail of trial cancer treatment in the US after his family raised over 400,000.

Three-year-old Theo Murnane, from Murroe, Co Limerick, has spent the majority of his short life to date undergoing cancer treatment, after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma shortly after his first birthday.

In May 2018, Theo was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma after it was discovered that a tumour had spread from the toddlers abdomen to his bones and scalp.

Since his devastating diagnosis, Theo has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy, a double stem cell transplant, 14 rounds of radiotherapy and six rounds of immunotherapy, as well as having the original tumour removed.

Thankfully, the Murnane family received positive news just before Christmas, as Theo finally got the all-clear after two-and-a-half years of gruelling treatment and numerous setbacks.

However, there is a strong possibility that the form of cancer Theo has defeated will return, leading the Murnane family to pin their hopes on trial treatment offered by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital Cancer Centre in New York, which would seek to prevent cancer recurrence and to improve the toddlers chances of survival.

The Murnanes have raised an incredible 416,745 through the GoFundMe account Team Up for Theo, which was established by Theos mother Eleanor. However, the family was recently informed that Theo will not be able to begin treatment in New York until he has been cancer-free for six months.

Theo will undergo a major scan in May, and doctors in New York have recommended that the toddler travels to Barcelona, Spain, for treatment in the interim. On the Team Up for Theo page, Eleanor wrote: This is yet another big decision to make and we will have to weigh up all options and decide in the next week or so.

Eleanor added: As several people have said to me, maybe this is a blessing in disguise with everything going on in the world at the moment. Who knows.

Theos mother went on to thank those who have donated to the toddlers treatment fund to date, saying: Thanks to all of you the funds are in place for us to go, as soon as we get the go ahead.

I want to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year, and again thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your continued support.

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