A nine-year-old girl is battling ovarian cancer after doctors found a hard lump in her side was actually an ovarian tumour.
Dakota Rose was rushed into surgery last Friday to allow doctors to remove as much of the 13-centimetre tumour spreading across her abdomen as they could.
It was only two weeks ago that she had felt a pain in her side.
The treatment aims to destroy the rest of the cancerous cells that remain in her body.
Rose has been joined at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane by mum Pam, who was forced to leave her job in disability services in order to be with her daughter.
The family expects to be in Brisbane for treatment for months.
Dad Chris has remained at home and at work as he battles to feed three other children and pay the mortgage.
Grandmother Gracie Cooper said the family were struggling to cope.
"They're just like two lost souls at the moment, just trying to keep it together," Gracie said