Hi, my name is Wyatt. I'm 7 years-old. I was born 9-14-04 at st.lukes hospital in Allentown, PA. I was a healthy 10 lb.4 oz baby boy. Life was so good and simple. Until January 23, 2008 at the age of 3. That was the day our lives changed. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma Cancer. When I was diagnosed, I had a large tumor on my kidney and 90% of my bone marrow was replaced with cancer cells. The great doctors at The "Childrens Hospital Of Philadelphia" A.K.A "CHOP" have been trying real hard to make me CANCER FREE!!! I have had many many many rounds of High Dose Chemo, Stem cell harvest, More chemo, MIBG Therapy, surgery(a few different ones), Stem Cell Transplant, radiation, and so much more.
Feb. 11th, 2011 Wyatt had his 3 month MIBG scan. Dr. Teachey informed us that a spot has been found on Wyatt's Spine. Wyatt had an MRI March 17th, 2011. To confirm the MIBG findings and to pin point the spot.
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What is neuroblastoma?? (The term neuro indicates "nerves," while blastoma refers to a cancer that affects immature or developing cells). Neuroblastoma is a cancer that forms in your nerve tissue. It usually begins in the adrenal glands, which sit atop your kidneys. It may also begin in your neck, chest or spinal cord. The cancer often begins in early childhood. With an annual incidence of about 650 new cases per year in the US. Sometimes it begins before a child is born. By the time doctors find the cancer, it has usually spread to other parts of the body. The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown, though most physicians believe that it is an accidental cell growth that occurs during normal development of the adrenal glands.
The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown, though most physicians believe that it is an accidental cell growth that occurs during normal development of the adrenal glands.
What is th e treatment for neuroblastoma?
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Dec. 30, 2007 i started limping and complaining that my leg hurt. After a few days of leg pain, I woke up and could barely move. My stomach hurt so bad. I was taken to the E.R at the Lehigh Valley Hospital. After 4 hours of waiting in the waiting room. We finally got called back to see a doctor. A doctor came in felt my stomach and ordered x-rays of my stomach and my left leg. So off we go to get the x-rays. I was in so much pain i screamed and my mommy cried the whole time. 1/2 hour after I had the x-rays done. A doctor came in and told my mommy i had gas. Mommy laughed and asked if they could give me something to help with the gas. Since i am still laying on the table crying and screaming in pain. They said to stop at a drug store and pick up gas drops. And if the pain dosen't go away in 2 days, go to your ped.
The next day i am still in alot of pain. Mommy and Daddy take me to see my doctor. She ordered blood work to be done. The next day she called and said that my white blood cell count was off. And sent us to get a CT Scan done.
The next day the doctor called and asked if mommy and daddy could come in and discuss the results of the CT Scan. So @ 3:30 we go to see the doc. SHe walked in with another lady that we have never seen before. And in a split second our life changed. The doctor said they found a large mass on my kidney And we needed to go to "CHOP". THey had already made us an appointment, for the next morning.
The next day we get to "CHOP" and was told that it looks like a Cancer called "Neuroblastoma". But they won't be certain until they do a biopsy.
January 23, 2008 we arrive back at "CHOP" for the biopsy and bone marrow. The surgery went very well. They doctor came out to the waiting room. And told Mommy & Daddy that it was Neuroblastoma. But we won't know for another day or 2 if it's in my bone marrow also.
January 24, 2008 we got more news about the cancer. They did find cancer cells in my bone marrow. Now it's time to discuss treatment options.