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Growing Up After Cancer: A Boy Is Afraid Of Getting Sick

Apr 7, 2015

Surviving childhood cancer comes with costs. Survivors are at a higher risk for developing secondary cancers later in life. The treatments they receive as kids can affect their growth, their ability to have children, and even their learning. Then there’s the lingering fear of remission.

Jude Cobler, who was diagnosed with leukemia, faces his own fears. He’s afraid of getting sick.

Jude, a Plano kid, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Each year, about 2,500 kids are diagnosed with this type of leukemia.

 

When Jude's chemotherapy didn’t work, his odds of survival dropped drastically. His family searched for a bone marrow transplant match – they found one in his brother, Joshua.

 

 

Jude is the subject of a KERA Breakthroughs series called Growing Up After Cancer.

 

For the past few weeks, we've taken you through Jude's journey -- from his cancer diagnosis and to his recovery. The final installment airs Wednesday on KERA 90.1 FM. 

 

Read the final story here.

 

Also, meet North Texans who have survived childhood cancer.