By Olivia Covington
The (Columbus) Republic
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cancer free.
Just two words strung together, the term has the power to change lives. Just ask 13-year-old Alana Cook of Columbus.
After Alana went through six months of radiation and chemotherapy to treat a papillary tumor, a rare and malignant form of brain cancer, a magnetic resonance imagine (MRI) test on July 7 came back showing no evidence of disease, or NED. It’s the medical term commonly used to describe a cancer that is in remission.