The odds of beating stage 4 cancers are mostly not good. Cancers range from stage 1 – 4 and four is the worst. We hear about the progress in cancer treatments and how the odds are growing more favorable each year, but still the hope of beating stage 4 cancers are always low. Those odds are what make this special, brave, little boy such a miraculous hero.
8-year-old Cameron Scott, who is being hailed a true hero after beating stage 4 brain cancer with the help of the wonderful people at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Little Cameron was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a high-risk tumor that had spread to his spine.
In October 2016, Cameron fell down the stairs of his family home. It wasn’t an especially bad fall. It was on par with stumbles Cameron’s five older brothers and sisters had experienced at one point or another, Scott said.
“I’ll remember that like it was yesterday. In that home, we’ve raised six children and they’ve all taken a tumble down the stairs and it was no big deal,” Scott recalled.
But unlike his siblings, Cameron complained of back pain. A first X-ray showed nothing and he was given some pain pills. His dad was called to Cameron’s school a day or two later because he couldn’t walk. At another clinic, a St. Jude affiliate doctor ordered an MRI. They found cancerous tumors in his brain and spine.
The 8-year-old underwent surgery to remove the tumors, before being sent to St. Jude’s for follow-up treatment. While at St. Jude’s, doctors discovered that Cameron had not one disease, but four. It was also at St. Jude’s however, that the hospital’s pioneered gene sequencing of Cameron’s cancer allowed them to begin a targeted and thus more effective treatment.
“He’s my hero,” his father, Wendell Scott, told TODAY.
Cameron’s treatments were long and grueling, to say the least. He went through six full months of radiation and chemotherapy after he had surgery on his brain and spine. He stayed strong and faced everyday with courage and hope.
“I feel amazing now,” Cameron said. “I feel like I’ve been through everything.”
Cameron still had regular doctor visits. For so long, he was extremely fatigued, which meant he had to be tutored at home. Eventually, Cameron was allowed to return to school part time, said his father Wardell Scott.
In December 2018, his doctors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital finally cleared him to return to school full time. He was thrilled. Then, after just two days in the classroom, a snowstorm in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, thwarted the remaining school days before winter break.
He’s looking forward to going back to school. Maybe he’ll even get in a little trouble for running in the halls. That’s not something he’s been able to do since being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer two years ago. Miracles happen!