This is Josh Cubbin who was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma when he was 3 years old.
Josh’s only symptom was an enlarged lymph node in his neck. It was the size of a pea when first discovered on 2nd February 2013 but grew rapidly. The lump was hard, painless and immobile. Following blood tests, antiobiotics, ultrasounds, many visits to healthcare specialists and a biopsy, Josh was diagnosed on 22nd April.
Following his diagnosis, Josh was admitted to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where he stayed for the next 4 months. Josh was stage 3 and had tumours in his sinuses and through to his abdomen. Josh was very poorly during his chemotherapy treatment and it was an extremely difficult time for his family.
Josh has gone from strength to strength and is a happy little boy who lives life to the full.
Burkitt’s Lymphoma is a rare and aggressive form of non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is capable of doubling in size within 24 hours. It develops when the body makes abnormal B-lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell that fights infection) The abnormal lymphocytes build up in one area of the body and form a tumour.
Despite Josh only having the one symptom, other signs to look for are:
Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, fever, constipation and poor appetite.
Other symptoms may include:
Painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, chest, abdomen, underarm or groin. A fever, sore throat, bone and joint pain, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss, poor appetite, itching.