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Kids with cancer ring bell, mark end of treatment

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When the bell rings at St. Louis Children's Hospital, it's time for celebration.

The big brass bell is rung only by young patients who have finished chemotherapy or radiation.

On Jan. 12, Janet Pruneau of O'Fallon, Ill., got her turn. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1gQU5o5 ) reports that the 5-year-old was tentative at first but with encouragement rang the bell six times for each round of chemotherapy she had endured.

Doctors found a tumor in the back of Janet's head last spring. Biopsy results were inconclusive so Janet became one of the first children to have genetic sequencing to help doctors with a treatment plan.

She spent more time at the hospital than at home over the past several months and will have regular scans to check for recurrence.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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