Thursday 27 October 2016

Good news as Molly's scans come back clear


The McNally family
The McNally family

Molly McNally's family are delighted after she received good results from her hospital scans.

Her dad Gerry (47) revealed that her test results, which were delivered this week, were everything the family could have hoped for, coming back clear.

The six-year-old girl from Balbriggan, who has been battling neuroblastoma for the past 19 months, had undergone four days of scans and assessments last week to assess her progress.

One of the scans looked at the site of her primary tumour. A surgeon had removed 98pc of it last June, and Molly recently underwent radiotherapy to remove the final two per cent, or the bed of the tumour.

"The radiotherapy that she got in St Luke's did the job. There was no sign of anything left or anything being active," said Gerry.

In addition, Molly had two cancer lesions in her skull, which medics were hoping would be gone after all the chemotherapy she received.

And the scans brought positive news on that front, too. There were no active lesions found on the scans.

Gerry told of their relief at getting good news as Molly - who has become a mascot for the Dubs football team - now faces into months of immunotherapy treatment.

"The consultant is very, very happy that we are on top of it, and the way I look at it, when he is happy, he is the expert, we are happy," said Gerry.

He told the Herald that it was a nerve-wracking time waiting for the results of the scans to come back.


"It was an anxious few days. It was nervous for the whole lot of us," said Gerry.

However, Molly now has another six months of tough treatment ahead of her.

Her immunotherapy treatment will start next month and continue until January.

"We are as happy as we can be, and we are in a very good position." Gerry said.

"Molly is delighted. She is in great form," Gerry said.

He said the plan is that she will do some hours in school next week.

"She won't go in first thing in the morning, but for a few hours," he added.

Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that which affects an average of 10 children a year in Ireland. It often occurs in young children.

One of the features of neuroblastoma is the very high rate of relapse.

To donate €2 to the Molly McNally Trust Fund, text Molly to 57802. Also see the Facebook page Molly McNally Miracle Trust.

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