Bouncing Back from Brain Cancer
Mila began to complain about severe headaches. In January 2016, the five-year-old from Welland also started to vomit frequently.
When morphine proved ineffective in stopping the headaches, Mila underwent an MRI and was kept in hospital for monitoring. MRI results revealed an abnormal growth in the brain.
“She had a type of cancer called medulloblastoma,” explains Mila’s father, Anthony. “The tumour was the size of a golf ball and it was pressing against her brain stem, which was causing the headaches.”
Mila was airlifted to McMaster Children’s Hospital, where she underwent brain surgery. Six hours later, the surgical team succeeded in removing most of the tumour. Her treatment plan included intensive chemotherapy and radiation, which succeeded in shrinking the remaining cancer.
“It’s amazing how far Mila has come,” says Andrea. “We’re seeing improvements all the time and we’re celebrating her progress.”
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Precision Surgery Changed His Life
Jason met with Dr. Kesava Reddy at Hamilton General Hospital, who explained the severity of Jason’s situation.
“He told me I could become a quadriplegic if the tumour continued to grow,” says Jason. “Although all of my options were risky, I decided to undergo surgery to remove the tumour.”
Using a neurosurgical microscope, Dr. Reddy removed most of the tumour during the six-and-a-half hour procedure. Jason is scheduled to undergo six weeks of radiation therapy at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre to help shrink the rest of the tumour.
“A neurosurgical microscope was vital for my surgery. Donors should support the campaign to purchase new neurosurgical microscopes so surgeons can help more patients like me.”