Condition: Brain Tumor
City, State: Madras, OR
Club: Jefferson Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 12/10/2013
When Cameron was 7 years old, he loved to do all the things kids that age do - hang out with friends, play with his brothers, ride bikes and play outside. Every so often he would complain of headaches but nothing that wouldn’t come from a little rough housing with other boys.
That summer, Cameron went to stay with his father for a week in Portland. When he came back, he complained of severe neck pain that just wouldn’t go away. His mother decided to take him in to see a doctor, but couldn’t get him in right away. He had a regularly scheduled eye appointment that came up in the meantime, and when he went in, the doctor said that his optic nerve was three times the size that it should have been.
Cameron was sent to a neurologist who ordered an MRI. It was discovered that he had a brain tumor and he was immediately sent to Dornbecher’s in Portland. Two days later, Cameron was undergoing brain surgery to remove the tumor on his brain. Tests revealed Medulloblastoma cancer. A spinal tap also revealed that the cancer had spread to his spinal fluid as well. He began a treatment program of 6 weeks of radiation and 9 months of chemotherapy treatments.
Life slowly began to get back to normal as Cameron went into remission. He was cancer free for two years until tests in December 2012 showed spots on the spine and brain. The doctors didn’t think it was cancer but decided to biopsy it anyway. It was not cancer but there were live cancer cells present. A month later, an MRI showed that most of the spots were gone but there was one that remained. It was located in a place that was inoperable. So, Cameron began 12 more months of chemotherapy.
In August of 2013, Cameron began to develop excess fluid on his brain. He was rushed into brain surgery in order to drain the fluid. At that time, they were able to biopsy the spot they couldn’t get to previously. The biopsy confirmed that it was another tumor. Cameron, now 11 years old, has been doing chemo for 9 months and the tumor is not shrinking. He will have more tests in the coming months to see if the chemo is having any affect. Right now it appears to be keeping it from growing, but it is not going away.
Doctors are not sure what the next step will be. The tumor is inoperable. They may stop treatment and see what the tumor does. He may continue treatment and see if anything changes. There are also experimental programs that may be an option. For now, they watch and wait.
Sparrow cash raised for Cameron will help pay for ongoing medical expenses, travel expenses and everyday living expenses.
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