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Brother and sister diagnosed with same rare brain cancer just two weeks apart

A brother and sister were diagnosed with the same kind of rare brain cancer just weeks apart.

Kalea and Noah Avery, aged six and five, were both both told that they had a brain tumour within the space of a fortnight.

It started in May last year when Kalea started vomiting one morning, which her parents put down to a stomach bug.

However, as she started to complain of headaches and the sickness would not subside, her mum took her to A&E near their home in Torrance, California.

It was then that doctors discovered that she had a rare, cancerous tumour forming at the back of her brain.

Kalea was soon admitted to hospital so doctors could remove the growth.

However, at this point her twin brother Noah was beginning to experience the same symptoms.

Then an MRI scan found that Noah had the same tumour growing in the same part of his brain as Kalea.

Shocked doctors have described the case as "lightning striking twice".

They believe that the two could have a genetic condition that makes them more susceptible to this type of cancer.

Their dad Duncan believed that when Noah first started complaining of headaches, he thought he was trying to copy his older sister.

However, when he started being sick in the mornings it soon dawned on him that he was genuinely unwell.

Only two weeks after Kalea was told she had medulloblastoma, Noah was given the same diagnosis.

Duncan told The Los Angeles Times : "My wife and I broke down in tears.

"How could two kids in 14 days have the exact same tumour? How does that happen?"

While there are occasionally reports of siblings developing the same types of cancer, it is rare for it to happen at the same time.

Their mum, Nohea, told  KTLA : "It’s kind of a blessing that they were diagnosed together because now they’re on this journey together and they’re there for each other in a way no one else can be there for each other."

Now the siblings are being tested to work out if their susceptibility to medulloblastoma is genetic.

However, because of the difference of their ages, they are undergoing slightly different courses of treatment at Children’s Hosptial Los Angeles.

As he was only four-years-old when he was diagnosed, Noah received six months of high-dose chemo and is now in remission.

Meanwhile Kalea has had six weeks of radiation and is now on chemo month seven of 11.

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