U.S. cancer treatment for Tsawwassen teen canceled as disease spreads

After a positive meeting with doctors in Seattle earlier this week, the McConkey family was dealt another blow in their son's battle with leukemia.

Dad Ross McConkey said the family was feeling "pretty optimistic" after meeting with doctors in Seattle Tuesday.

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The family was in Seattle to meet with doctors in the hopes of getting experimental cancer treatment for 18-year-old Kyle McConkey.

Kyle was cleared for the treatment and the family returned to B.C. to prepare. However, during a procedure at B.C. Children's Hospital to get ready for the treatment, doctors discovered that Kyle's cancer had spread to his spine.

He no longer qualifies for the treatment in Seattle and the family has once again been told there are no treatment options left. Ross McConkey said his son is currently at Canuck Place and the family is trying to get a second opinion.

Kyle has been battling leukemia for the better part of three years and, after running out of treatment options here at home, heard about an experimental treatment that had some success for other leukemia patients at Seattle Children's Hospital.

The family raised more than $250,000 to help pay for the treatment, which would not be covered by insurance.

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