3 brothers all younger than 5 are diagnosed with same rare cancer


ATLANTA, Ga. – Three brothers—all younger than 5—are being treated for the same rare eye cancer, 11 Alive reports.

Angie and Aaron Rush said their oldest son Tristen was diagnosed with retinoblastoma when he was just 3-weeks-old. Their second son Caison was diagnosed with the same cancer at 1-week-old. Now their third son Carter is battling the rare disease.

Carter was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at 6-months-old on January 6 when doctors found two tumors in his eyes. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and laser treatments.

“He has cancer, he has cancer, I have cancer. All my brothers have cancer,” Tristen told 11 Alive.

Angie says retinoblastoma is an aggressive cancer that almost exclusively affects young children, and it can be hereditary.

Angie also had retinoblastoma when she was a baby, and she had to have her left eye removed when she was just 6-weeks-old.

“I feel a lot of guilt, knowing that this is something I could pass down to them. But I also know that I’ve been blessed,” Angie said.

Fortunately, her boys’ prognoses are good. The Rush family hopes their story can help raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

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