Little Phoebe can't get needed cancer treatment

Phoebe Rose Doull-Hoffman, 3, has been fighting a persistent form of high-risk childhood leukemia...

Phoebe Rose Doull-Hoffman, 3, has been fighting a persistent form of high-risk childhood leukemia since she was nine weeks old. She recently relapsed and Ontario refused to fund an experimental treatment her family and doctors believe he is her best option to beat the disease. (Submitted photo)

Chris Hofley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:30 PM ET

A three-year-old girl has run into a government-sized roadblock in her fight against a high-risk form of childhood leukemia.

Diagnosed with the aggressive cancer when she was nine weeks old, Phoebe Rose Doull-Hoffman recently had a relapse for a third time.

Her family and doctors agree her best bet at beating the disease is a Phase 1 clinical trial at a New York Hospital.

It's pricey, in the $250,000 range. They asked OHIP to pay for the treatment and after an 18-day wait, Phoebe's parents, Jenny and Jonathan, got the bad news -- the province won't fund the treatment.

In a letter, the Ontario ministry of health said it had "evaluated this patient's" application but found Phoebe's case "does not satisfy the evidence requirement" for funding of the treatment, saying there wasn't enough proof the treatment would work.

The government said in the letter, provided to QMI Agency by the office of Ottawa-Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur, it "does not fund


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