Be wary of rare form of childhood cancer
February 21, 2013
EDITOR:Over the last three weeks an aggressive form of childhood cancer has become part of the reality of my 6-month-old grandson, Quinn, a resident of Carson City. All parents need to be aware of the simple warning signs that doctors won’t necessarily catch. The cancer is called Retinoblastoma and impacts 300 kids annually. In my grandson’s case, it is even more rare as he has tumors in both of his eyes. The simple warning sign for parents to watch for is a white, as opposed to red, reflection in pictures or Leukocoria. Once we knew what we were looking for, we were able to go back and see that there was evidence of his tumor as far back as six weeks old. Had we known, we may have been able to save his eye and may not have been fighting now to save his left. Last Thursday, his right eye was removed and today he started his first chemotherapy treatment. He will have treatments for six months and is such a happy baby, it is sometimes difficult to tell that anything is going wrong with him.Nevada is not equipped to handle children like Quinn, so he must go to UC Davis in Sacramento for all of his treatment. However, his parents are doing their best and the people at UC Davis have been great. Many have already been so supportive and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you.