A GIRL dying of cancer has surprised her doctors by making impressive progress after coming to Hong Kong to meet her favourite author. Examinations on Shawna Huang Xiaonan, 14, who travelled from the United States to meet Louis Cha last month, showed her cancer has almost disappeared. Her doctors now say she can expect to live 'much longer' than the five months an earlier prognosis gave her. Her family was surprised when they were told last week that a scan showed the tumour in her bowel had shrunk from a lump to being almost untraceable. 'It was an aggressive tumour. Before we went to Hong Kong, the doctor said there was little hope that Shawna could be cured. 'Now the doctor said she could be cured, and that the hospital would try to clear her of cancer,' her mother, Huang Wang Zhiping, said. While in Hong Kong, Shawna was given a Chinese medicine which restored her energy levels and appetite. 'We have decided Shawna should continue taking the Chinese medicine,' her mother said. 'In a month, we will have another medical checkup to decide whether Shawna should be operated on to find out whether the strings of tissues are cancer or in fact scars from previous surgeries.' Shawna's doctor, Dr Linda Quinn, at the University of Michigan, confirmed her improvement, adding it was 'much more than was expected'. 'Since the tumour has become much, much smaller, I expect her to have a good 1995.' Dr Quinn said a combination of chemotherapy, Chinese medicine, and a positive attitude had contributed to Shawna's improving condition. Shawna's wish to meet Cha, the author of 15 martial arts best sellers, came true with the help of US-based Make-A-Wish Foundation and the local Wishing-Well project.