A little update for those who asked about my little patient with the belly mass: things are looking good. She went to the operating room, where the mass was found to be large but solitary; that meant that they were able to remove it in its entirety. By all accounts thus far, it looks to be a Wilms’ Tumor, treatment of which is one of the great successes of pediatric oncology. (For a real warm and fuzzy feeling, take a look at some of the pages about kids with Wilms’ tumors.) Last night, I got the awesome pleasure of extubating her, and seeing her smile (and her parents smile!) for the first time in days.


This is great to hear. Thanks for the update!!

• Posted by: Jeff on Jul 11, 2002, 1:44 PM

Alas, a further update: Wilm’s tumor it’s not, neuroblastoma it is, and it looks to be stage IV with unfavorable histology. The family’s absorbing the news right now, and she’s probably going to start on one of the most intensive regimens available within the week in an effort to cure her disease.

Sometimes, things just make you sad….

• Posted by: Jason Levine on Jul 27, 2002, 12:39 AM
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