Teen who overcame cancer hopes to help find cure

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A teenager who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in 2012 at the age of 14 spent her summer working in a cancer research lab in an effort to help find a cure for the disease.

While working as an intern at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, Lauren Bedesky helped run experiments and explore potential new treatments, ABC News reported.

Bedesky also spent time researching neuroblastom, a type of brain cancer, she was diagnosed with two years ago.

“I thought it was really cool, we actually drew my own blood,” Bedesky told ABC News of her experiments. “We grew cells and could see how well my own cells were able to kill the tumor.”

“She’s accomplished enough in the four weeks she’s been here that we have important pieces of data from the experiments she did,” Dr. Dean Lee said.

Bedesky has undergone chemotherapy treatments, stem cell transplants and radiation treatments.

Currently she shows no evidence of cancer in her system, but the type of cancer Bedesky suffered from has a high chance of reoccurrence.

Bedesky said she hopes to work in Lee’s lab next summer working on new experiments.

*ABC News contributed to this report.

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