Insight of a Childhood Cancer Survivor
This morning NPR shared a story of a 12 year old cancer survivor and gave a touching glimpse into the perspective of how cancer affects children.
When he was 16 months old, Grant was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a malignant (cancerous) tumor that develops from nerve tissue. Neuroblastoma is most commonly diagnosed in children before the age of five and it occurs in approximately 1 out of 100,000. It can develop in many areas of the body and spread to the bones, bone marrow, liver, lymph nodes, skin, and around the eyes. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are all forms of treatment for neuroblastoma. High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation may be used to treat children with high-risk neuroblastoma .
Click here to hear or read Grant’s story.
You can read more stories about children dealing with cancer on Lifeline Project. Journey, also battling neuroblastoma, Juwuan, currently being treated for chronic myeloid leukemia, and Lily, who fought acute myelogenous leukemia, are just a few of the many children faced with life threatening illnesses.