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Newborn Twins Battle Cancer

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There are a lot of health concerns when you have a baby, especially with twins. But one mom has had to face something she never anticipated: Cancer. Reporter Renee Tessman shares the story of a Deer Creek, Minnesota couple's rare battle as their identical twin babies fight the life-threatening disease.

They sound and look healthy, but the Maloney twins have not known a day on this earth without cancer.

"Never did we think we'd have two little babies with cancer so it's been quite the road the last six weeks," says mother Lynsey Maloney.

Mom says little Jace and Gage were diagnosed with neuroblastoma when they were born. It is a cancer which develops from immature nerve cells, in many areas of the body.

"Jace has the primary tumor which you can't feel so much anymore because its been shrinking with the chemo."

They had their first round of chemo at just 10 days old. Dr. Julie Chu, their pediatric oncologist, explains how she thinks they both got cancer.

"What we think has happened is that Jace started out with the tumor and it metastasized through the placental circulation to gage."

Neuroblastoma in twins is incredibly rare, only about 10 to 15 cases since the 50's, but treatment has improved.

"I expect them to be able to get rid of this and they'll go on to hopefully live pretty normal lives," explains Doctor Chu.

Their dad and 20 month old sister have visited and are waiting for them back home.

"She wants to give them their pacifier and give them their bottle."

After six more months of chemo, the hope is they can be a family again.

"As bad as it is you can still count your blessings."

You can follow the twins' journey by visiting their CaringBridge site at Caringbridge.com under Gage and Jace Maloney.

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