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8-year-old with rare breast cancer undergoes mastectomy

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When eight-year-old Chrissy Turner found a lump in October, her parents quickly brought her to a doctor who told them tumors in children are usually benign. In Chrissy’s case, it was not.

“You just think, ‘I’m going to lose my baby. This is my child, this is my baby,'” Chrissy’s mother Annette Turner told CBS.

On Monday, Chrissy underwent a mastectomy on her right breast and lymph nodes and is now in recovery. The procedure took place at Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Despite the difficult procedure, Chrissy still had some “cool experiences” in the hospital, according to a family Facebook album.

Chrissy’s diagnosis with an extremely rare form of breast cancer called Secretory Breast Carcinoma came as an unwelcome surprise for her family. Her mother is a survivor of a rare form of cervical cancer and her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008.

As part of her recovery, Chrissy will visit her surgeon every three months and undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries.

Read the full story and watch the video at CBS News.

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