A young boy is the first in the world to have a rare form of cancer spreading through his body, but he has a fighting chance as a result of groundbreaking therapy.


12-year-old Reef Carneson has a life-threatening cancer that’s normally slow to progress, restricted to the epidermis, and found in adults who have spent years sunbathing without suncream.

He was first diagnosed with advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) in 2015, but the chemotherapy cream seemed to have mostly cured it by 2019.

Regrettably, the skin cancer was subsequently found to have spread to the bones of his skull and his brain in 2020.

Just days after Reef and his family were told to say their goodbyes after it was found that the cancer had spread to his lungs, doctors made the decision to offer Reef another chance at life with a new treatment.


This therapy has never been used in children anywhere in the world before to battle this kind of cancer, and Reefs unusual case makes him the first kid to experience Cemiplimaba program receptor-1(PD-1) blocking antibody which educates the patients bodys immune system to recognize the cancer cells as not a part of these and harmful.

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Reef, who has lived with immunological complications after beating leukaemia as a baby, has kept on fighting and his proud mom, Lydia Carneson, said he is responding well to the treatment, which started on May 7.

The mother of three said: “It’s amazing. He is stable and we think the treatment is working… We feel incredibly blessed at this time. We believe he’s a miracle a thousand times over. ”

Reef for a baby, SWNS

In the meantime, Reef has mentioned that he has three wishes: to have a pet duck, to go to the mall, and to go camping.

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Now he has two ducks named Donald Duck and Daisy. He’s visited the Metro Centre mall in Newcastle on a VIP experience: Five stores encouraged him to pick out whatever he’d like, without a budget limitation.

He’s so humble that he picked a lot of ducks, sweeties, and balloons, his mom said.

Here at GNN we’re needing Reef and his family a wonderful camping trip whenever it’s as possibility.

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