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Jared Matthew Deans
3 year old Jared Matthew Deans has Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma
Jarred was diagnosed with a malignant tumor "Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma", 2 weeks after he turned 1.
(Sarcomas are cancers that develop from connective tissues in the body, such as muscles, fat, membranes that line the joints, or blood vessels. There are many types of sarcomas. Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancer made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal muscles. The body contains 3 main types of muscles.
- Skeletal (voluntary) muscles are muscles that we control to move parts of our body
- Cardiac muscle is the main muscle type in the heart
- Smooth muscle is the main type of muscle in internal organs (except for the heart). For example, smooth muscles in the intestines push food along as it is digested. We do not control this movement
About 7 weeks into the development of an embryo, rhabdomyoblasts (cells that will eventually form skeletal muscles) begin to form. These are the cells that can develop into the cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. Because this is a cancer of embryonal cells, it is much more common in children, although it does occur in adults occasionally.
We think of our skeletal muscles as being mainly in our arms and legs, but these skeletal muscle cancers can start nearly anywhere in the body. Common sites echo file_get_contents:
- Head and neck (near the eye, inside the nasal sinuses or throat, or near the spine in the neck)
- Urinary and reproductive organs (bladder, prostate gland, or any of the female organs)
- Arms and legs
- Trunk (chest and abdomen)
Rhabdomyosarcomas can even start in some parts of the body that don’t normally have skeletal muscle.)
Little Jared was operated on and started chemo immediately. Doctors gave him a 20% chance of survival. Half way through his protocol he was re–scanned and the scan showed that Jarred has no sign of the tumor. As per protocol 28 sessions of radiation was carried through whilst he endured chemo. Jarred was discharged from the Donald Gordon Hospital after a period 9 months. He then continued and completed his maintenance chemo for a period of 6 months and now goes in for his 6 week check–up. He has had 3 scans and a x–ray and no sign of the tumor has been detected.