Breast cancer

Updated 28 May 2015

10-year-old battles breast cancer

Ten-year-old Hannah Powell-Auslam is trying to remain brave as she copes with a rare form of breast cancer.


Ten-year-old Hannah Powell-Auslam is trying to remain brave as she copes with a rare form of breast cancer.

"I feel like a kid inside but sometimes I feel like an adult, when I'm always at the hospital," Hannah told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview. The fifth-grader at Escalona Elementary School in this Los Angeles bedroom community complained of itching in her side in April.

Her mother discovered a lump, and that led to a diagnosis of breast cancer. Her family said she was diagnosed with invasive secretory carcinoma, a type discovered in children in the 1960s.

"Hannah's prognosis is very good and the type of cancer is very slow growing," her father, Jeremy. Children still represent only a fraction of a percent of all breast cancer cases. Hannah had surgery and has begun chemotherapy.

'I'm just a little bit afraid'
"You feel like you're sick all the time. You just want to go lay in bed," she said.

The show filmed Hannah at home getting her head shaved rather than waiting for chemotherapy to take its toll. Other family members got buzz cuts, too, in solidarity.

"I might be just a little bit afraid. I love my hair. I worked so hard to grow it," Hannah said before the event. – (Sapa, June 2009)

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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