Aug 31, 2011 - 9:51 am
My son was diagnosed with Stage IV Alveolar Rhabdo in June of 2008 when he was 15. It was spread throughout his trunk, and they were never certain of the location of the primary tumor. Had spread to liver, and there were some cells found in the lungs. He underwent 52 weeks of chemo (five or six different chemos, in "compressed" fashion). Two series of radiation treatments - one to his abdominal area (six weeks) early on, and a two or three week series to his lungs. Chances were not good, but the doctor did say he wanted to go for a cure when we asked him. I didn't want to know the statistics at the time. Took me a while to have the courage to look at the numbers. The treatments were grueling, but my son sustained a positive attitude. Today is his 19th birthday. He has been officially cancer free for two years at this point. For everyone out there facing this diagnosis, know that there is reason for hope!!!