Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Good News for Faith, Yay!

Well, after what seems like an eternity to me, and one could only guess what little Faiths parents must have felt and are feeling, the news is Good! ...again I wept like a baby, only tears of joy this time. Below is a news letter from her parents. The job is not done yet friends. We just know what work clothes to put on now. Thanks for your hopes and prayers.

We just received the call

All tests and several different specialists agree that we do NOT have cancer, the tumor is benign!

The official diagnosis is: Osteoblastoma
(This is a pretty rare affliction to hit a girl at this age - see information below)
Next Steps:

Given the possibilities that we were facing, this diagnosis was our best case scenario so we feel very blessed to hear this news but we still have a difficult journey.

Our current Oncology doctor will work to refer us to either an orthopedic surgeon, or possibly a neurological surgeon. We will need to work with them to determine the treatment plan for addressing both the growing mass and impacted vertebra. We are preparing ourselves for multiple surgeries, which is still much better than facing a battle with cancer.

Thank you all very much for your prayers and support.
It was just 2 weeks ago today that we were told by the doctors that they were confident it was a malignant form of cancer.

H and I have been incredibly moved by all the support that we have received over the past couple of weeks.
Whether it was the assistance of getting our case moved to Doernbecher, or all of your prayers, thoughts and support, we are sincerely grateful to all of you.
Thank you for keeping Faith in your hearts.

Sincerely, J and H

What is osteoblastoma?
Osteoblastoma is a benign, bone-forming tumor that is extremely rare, accounting for only 1 percent of all primary bone tumors. Unlike most primary bone tumors, which favor the extremities, osteoblastoma occurs most often in the lower vertebrae of the spine or long bones of the lower extremity. It can, however, also occur in any of the bones of the arms, legs, hands and feet. Most of the time, osteoblastoma is not aggressive, but it can produce painful symptoms. One form of this tumor is considered aggressive because it is very likely to recur after incomplete surgical removal. No reported osteoblastoma has transformed into a malignant condition. The aggressive form does not metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body.

What causes osteoblastoma and who does it affect?
The exact cause of osteoblastoma is unknown. It typically occurs in the second decade of life, but patients range in age from about 5 years to 45 years. It affects males more than females at a ratio of 3:1.

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Liliana said...

Good news, Sweeti!!!

Jeannie said...

Wonderful news! Still a heartache but not as deep.