Doctors optimistic baby is cancer free

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Torence Thomas, a 5-month-old boy from Youngstown, will undergo a “formal scan” on March 10 to determine the status of his cancer, but his doctors said they are optimistic he will be cancer-free.

Torence was diagnosed around Thanksgiving with a neuroblastoma, which is a cancerous tumor that develops from nerve tissue. A tumor was growing on the left side of Torence’s neck, closing his windpipe. The cancer had spread to the other side of his neck as well.

On Feb. 13, Torence was at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron receiving what was hopefully his last round of chemotherapy. His mother, Candace Nuby, said doctors pushed back Torence’s final cancer determination tests to early March to allow his latest round of chemotherapy to take action.

But Nuby said doctors are optimistic Torence will be cancer free when it’s all said and done. If the test results show cancer still present, it would likely require eight more weeks of treatment.

We will keep you posted on Torence’s progress here and on WKBN 27 First News.

On Saturday, a benefit for Torence will be held at 8:30 p.m. at Monteen’s on Belmont Avenue in Liberty. It will include raffles, live musical entertainment and more.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. Money raised will help with Torence’s medical bills.

To see previous stories on Torence’s battle against cancer, including an interview with his doctor, click here.

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