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Diagnosed at age 2 Months Old

Neuroblastoma
Joshua Bishop

When Joshua was 2 months old I discovered a knot on his arm after a bath. I took him to the pediatrician and he was not overly concerned but did send us on to have a surgeon take a look at it. The surgeon thought it was nothing and could not really tell from the ultrasound that they did so he thought it would be best to just remove it to be on the safe side. He told us there was a 1-3% chance of it being anything concerning. When Joshua was 3 months old he had surgery to remove the knot and a biopsy was sent. It was found that Joshua had neuroblastoma. We were immediately sent to the hem/onc clinic at Children's and Joshua was scheduled for several tests. After several different scans the original tumor was found on his right adrenal gland. This was very good news as the doctors were expecting to find it in more places. Being that it spread to his skin, he was staged with Neuroblastoma 4s...s being "special" because of his age. Children under age 1 are often times watched and because of his age the doctors recommended no chemo and to just watch it very closely. By the glory of God, his tumor has shrunk ever since his diagnosis. Joshua is now 2 1/2 years old and you would never know he was born with cancer. We are so thankful for the doctors at Children for taking care of our sweet baby. Without research, Joshua would have been put through unnecessary chemotherapy and possibly more surgery. Thank you Children's!
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