Sad end to a two year search

After two years of being misdiagnosed as a non-threatening eye sore, Bongre Anton Peter now knows what is causing the growth around his right eye.

But is this the answer his parents wanted to hear after years of searching?

Bongre has been undergoing a number of scans at the Pacific International Hospital’s radiology section, over the last few weeks.

The results confirmed the three year old has Stage 4b Retinoblastoma.

Retinoblastoma (Rb) is a rare form of cancer that rapidly develops from the immature cells of a retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye. It is the most common malignant cancer of the eye in children, and it is almost exclusively found in young children.

A cancer is said to be in stage 4 of cancer when it has spread far away from the origin into other organs of the body.

In Bongre’s case, his diagnosis is so late that the cancer cells have already spread to the left eye and the brain.

This means that neither Chemotherapy nor Radiotherapy can save his life.

However, there is the option of debulking the tumor.

Debulking is the reduction of as much of the bulk (volume) of a tumour as possible. It is usually achieved by surgical removal.

However there’s fear that it will only trigger seeding (rapid spreads) to other areas of the body.

The choice now is to resort to palliative care – which means – to care for the terminally ill and their families, such services are usually provided by an organized health service.

The Simbu Children’s Foundation will provide palliative care for Bongre, back home in Banana Block, Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.

Bongre and his parents – mother Sinta and father Anton will return home next week Monday.

To assist, donations in cash can still be made to the Young & Williams trust account

Bank South Pacific, Commercial Centre, Gordon, Port Moresby

Acct #: 1001199257

BSB: 088 951

Swift Code: BOSPPGPM

On the deposit slip, write 'BONGRE APPEAL' and your name.

Also gifts in kind can be dropped off at or sent to YOUNG & WILLIAMS LAWYERS.



Florence Caseria +675 3112346/+675 71888306, email:

Michael Williams +675 71937715/+675 75304375, email:


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