Jan 05, 2014 - 10:58 am
After a diagnosis of neuroblastoma in October of 1992, my 1 year old son went through 9 months of chemo, 12 doses of radiation to the neck and chest, and 2 surgeries, one of which removed 24 lymph nodes from the neck. Over the years, there have been several unusual characteristics that he has developed, that we have always suspected had something to do with his cancer and subsequent treatments, but doctors have never confirmed.
First, after his first treatment, he developed a set of "stripes" that extended from the back of his ankle up to his rear end. This appears to be a loss of pigment, and as he has grown, these stripes have stretched, but are fairly proportional in size to their original appearance.
Second, he has two teeth, about the 4th back from the front top on both sides, that are the size of baby teeth.
Next, even though my son is extremely athletic, and works out for football, baseball, and soccer, his unusually small neck will not develop. He is 5'10" but has a smaller than 14" neck. He also complains that his upper chest does not show any muscle gain. He has good muscle growth in his abdomen and legs.
Finally, his shoulders roll forward, creating a slightly humped back. After breaking a collar bone, he asked the doctor about this, and the doctor said it appeared that he had short clavicles.
Has anyone else had similar experiences? We are wondering if there is anything that can be done to counteract these symptoms, or even if they are actually caused by the cancer experience.