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Local student battling cancer hopeful to return home soon


November 4, 2021

Photo courtesy of Je Tagaban

Joseph Tagaban smiles outside as he continues his recovery.

After months away from family and friends, Joseph Tagaban hopes to return home to Petersburg in time for Thanksgiving.

Joseph was checked into Seattle Children's hospital in January after it was discovered that a lump underneath his tooth was a type of cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

So far he has gone through four rounds of chemotherapy and is now finishing his recovery from the fourth round. He was also taking an experimental drug called gilteritinib but is now off of it and is awaiting more tests including an MRI and CT scans on his chest and his brain before he will be able...

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