Girl, nine, survives her inoperable cancer doctors dismissed as an ear infection after undergoing proton beam therapy in the US

A nine-year-old girl with a rare inoperable cancer has been saved by pioneering proton beam therapy in the US.

Caroline Brown, from Longhoughton, Northumberland, had been unwell for four months before a diagnosis of cancer in March 2017.

Doctors initially thought her stage-four rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer, was an ear infection.

The tumour had spread so close to Caroline’s brain that her family were told it was too risky to operate on. She was seven at the time.

She was sent to the US for ten weeks to have proton beam therapy, which was not available in the UK, and has made a full recovery.

The treatment has been hailed as a game-changer, and now the NHS are setting up centres to help hundreds of patients a year.

Caroline’s mother Lucy, 45, told The Times: ‘Now Caroline has recovered, occasionally I’ll just look at her and cry.’

According to her, Caroline had intermittent earache from November 2016, which the GP said was an infection.

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