Finishing chemotherapy treatment for a cancer patient is unquestionably one of the most difficult battles they will face. This is why, when 5-year-old Anthony Lattierre completed his two years of chemotherapy for leukemia, the entire neighborhood rejoiced with him.
A parade with bells ringing in his neighborhood was organized to help him commemorate this occasion. Everyone was waving, honking, and smiling as they walked down the street. According to Robin, Anthony’s mother, she decided on the superhero theme due to everything her son had been through. The notion also comes from the fact that it takes a real hero to overcome cancer.
She stated, “Some of the things he’s had to go through is definitely superhero based. They don’t say this battle is easy and he’s done very well given all the things he’s had to do.”
The bell usually rings in the hospital. However, Anthony’s family stated that performing this ceremony in his hometown would make the day even more memorable for him. They feel that doing it this way is a unique and special way to remember Anthony.
Leukemia is the most frequent cancer in children and adolescents, affecting nearly one out of three individuals. Overall, childhood leukemia is a rare illness. According to the American Cancer Society, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) accounts for three out of four leukemias in youngsters and teens. The remainder are acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Cancer begins when the cells in the body begin to develop uncontrolled. Any part of the body’s cells can become cancerous. Leukemias are cancers that originate from cells. They usually transform into various types of blood cell as a result of their development. Leukemia most often starts in early-stage white blood cells, but other leukemias may develop in other blood cell types.
If you have acute (fast-growing), chronic (slow-growing), and begin in the myeloid cells or lymphoid cells, then you have a variety of leukemias. Knowing the type of leukemia may be really useful for doctors to forecast the kid’s outcome and choose the best therapy.
Leukemia begins in the bone marrow. The cells can accumulate there and begin to crowd out normal cells, triggering the disease. The leukemia cells will rapidly spread throughout the body’s circulation system.
Other forms of leukemia can spread to various areas of the body, including the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, brain and spinal cord, testicles, and other organs. Neuroblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma are two additional malignancies that begin in other organs before spreading to the bone marrow.
The researchers are now making progress in determining the DNA within the bone marrow stem cell that generates leukemia cells. By learning about these genes and chromosome changes, you may be able to explain why these cells go out of control. Why they don’t develop into normal, developed blood cells, either.
The doctors are now interested in studying these changes in order to assess the prognosis and choose the finest therapy for the kid.
It takes a lot of bravery for a kid to go through something like this. And with the help and affection of their parents and those who care for them, heroes like Anthony Lattierre would be able to conquer these challenges.