Absolutely no one deserves to have cancer, it is such a horrific, painful and exhausting experience not just for the patient but for the entire family and friends around him. Tedious, taxing and utterly terrible to everyone concerned. It is an affliction that even the strongest of adults deal with painfully, what more a child. Amy, or “Scooch” as she is fondly called by friends and family is bravely living through this ordeal, she has Osteosarcoma.
Osteosarcoma, sometimes called osteogenic sarcoma, is the most common kind of bone cancer in children and teens. It can affect adults, too, but teenage boys are most likely to get it.
It happens when the cells that grow new bone form a cancerous tumor. The treatment for osteosarcoma, chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor,is usually successful when the disease is diagnosed early on, before it can spread. In children and teens, osteosarcoma often happens at the ends of long bones, where bone grows quickest. Most tumors develop around the knee, either in the lower part of the thighbone or the upper part of the shinbone. They also may grow in the upper arm bone close to the shoulder. But osteosarcoma can develop in any bone in your body, especially in older adults. The condition stems from an error in your child’s DNA, or genetic code. Bone-growing cells make osteosarcoma tumors by mistake.
Teenagers who are having a “growth spurt” are most likely to get it, and taller kids may be more at risk. There may also be a link between the speed of the growth spurt and tumor development, but scientists are still studying this.
Being that this is still a subject for study even at this stage is an added concern for Amy’s family. If only Jansenn Pharmaceuticals, the leading manufacturer of the drug Yondelis that is gaining some big breakthroughs on this particular cancer’s treatment could jump in and help. Being a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), it would be quite a longshot for something like that to happen. This is where you come in.
Amy has a GoFundMe, https://www.gofundme.com/amy039s-journey. Do drop in on her page and help our dear “Scooch” not only kick a soccer ball again, but the big C as well.