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13-year-old cancer free after 3 years and 120 rounds of chemo

Ciudad Obregón, Sonora — After three years and 120 chemo therapy rounds, 13-year-old Cecilia Cisneros managed to beat her diagnosis of blood and bone marrow cancer.

Cecilia was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 10 years old. In April of 2015, she was taken to hospital for a constant fever, leg pain and an over abundance of bruises.

After testing, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer in which the bone marrow produces an excess of white blood cells and rapidly deteriorates the health of the affected person.

She immediately started treatment at the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora.

Lizette Bojórquez Steffany, of the Pediatric Oncology Hospital in Ciudad Obregón, said that after three years of therapy, Cecilia is free of cancer. She explained that her treatment involved various intravenous, intramuscular and oral medications.

On May 17 of this year, Celia touched the “bell of life”, she said. “We touch the bell as a sign that you can, to mark the end of something that happened and that we hope will not happen again.”

In a statement, the IMSS reported that the patient will continue under the care of medical specialists in oncology, cardiology, endocrinology and physical medicine and rehabilitation for five more years in order to ensure that her medical treatment continues to have a positive effect.