Cure rate for childhood cancers high, but at a price.
Vikram Bubber was just five when he began treatment for a tumour in his middle ear, but the memories of multiple bouts of chemotherapy and lying on a cold steel table beneath a radiation beam have barely dimmed with time.
It took two years of bombarding the tumour with every tool they had before doctors pronounced him cured. True, the hearing in one ear was destroyed, nerve damage had left him with a lopsided smile, and his once-thick hair had grown back fine and sparse.
But he was alive and done with cancer—or so he thought.
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