Lydia has an unusual hobby for a kid her age: reading scholarly articles in medical journals. But not just any articles. She’s interested in those authored by Dr. Gajjar, the doctor – along with nurses, researchers and others at St. Jude – working to save her life.
In 2019, when school let out for the summer, Lydia’s parents noticed she was having trouble walking. On July 11, an MRI showed a mass in her brain and five days later she underwent surgery at a hospital near her home. Her oncologist referred them to St. Jude right away.
Dr. Amar Gajjar, Director of the Neuro-Oncology Division at St. Jude, is researching innovative protocols for the treatment of childhood brain tumors, especially medulloblastoma. Lydia has the WNT subtype of medulloblastoma tumor – the least common, and the most treatable.
To say the cancer is treatable isn’t to say the treatment is easy. At St. Jude, Lydia has undergone a second resection surgery, proton therapy and chemotherapy.
Families, like Lydia's, never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
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