Zack Lugo Cancer Treatment Fund

 
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Updated posted by Stephanie Davis-Mcpherson 21 months ago

Zack started his Chemo treatments today! so far so good! no sickness and he is up playing in the game room as i type! he just told me he is playing the happy potter game! I talked to him today on the phone and he sounds like the same excited kid that i know and love!
more good news today also! MRI came back clear...cancer hasn't spread into the brain! still waiting on a few more tests but things are looking good and we are all feeling optimistic!!!
GOD is good!
thank you all for the prayers and donations! still such a long road ahead...many more months of treatments...
i've posted a new picture of zack and his favorite nurse! such a ladies man! :o)

 

 
 

Updated posted by Stephanie Davis-Mcpherson 21 months ago

Heard from Zack's mommy this afternoon...he is in good spirits and enjoyed having lots of visitors today...again thank you all for the support! Please pass on this page to your friends so they can pass it on to their friends and we can get Zack and his family all the help and support that they need in this difficult time!

 
 
 

Updated posted by Stephanie Davis-Mcpherson 21 months ago

Some encouraging news today from Phoenix...Zack's bone scan came back clear! Looks like the cancer has not spread to the bones! Thank you all for your donations...i will be sending them on to the family as soon as possible! Sending all my love to Phoenix for Gwen, Mundo and my God son Zack...xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

 
 
 
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Created by Stephanie Davis-Mcpherson on July 26, 2012

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THIS IS WHAT ZACK HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH...JUST A BRIEF OVERVIEW

 

Rhabdomyosarcoma

Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancerous (malignant) tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones.

It can occur in many places in the body. The most common sites are the structures of the head and neck, the urogenital tract, and the arms or legs.

Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue tumor in children.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The cause of rhabdomyosarcoma is unknown. It is a rare tumor with only several hundred new cases per year throughout the United States.

Some children with certain birth defects are at an increased risk, and some families have a gene mutation that elevates risk. However, the great majority of children with rhabdomyosarcoma do not have any known risk factors.

Symptoms

The most common symptom is a mass that may or may not be painful.

Other symptoms vary depending on location of the tumor.

  • Tumors in the nose or throat may cause bleeding, congestion, swallowing problems, or neurological problems if they extend into the brain.

  • Tumors around the eyes may cause bulging of the eye, problems with vision, swelling around the eye, or pain.

  • Tumors in the ears, may cause pain, hearing loss, or swelling.

  • Bladder and vaginal tumors may cause lead to trouble starting to urinate or having a bowel movement, or poor control of urine.

  • Muscle tumors may lead to a painful lump and are often thought to be an injury.

Signs and tests

Diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma is often delayed because of lack of symptoms, and because the tumor may appear at the same time as a recent injury. Early diagnosis is important because rhabdomyosarcoma spreads quickly.

A complete physical exam should be done. Tests may include:

  • Biopsy of the tumor

  • Chest x-ray

  • CT scan of the chest to look for spread of the tumor

  • CT scan of the tumor site

  • Bone marrow biopsy (may show the cancer has spread)

  • Bone scan to look for spread of the tumor

  • MRI scan of the tumor site

  • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture)

Treatment

The precise treatment depends on the site and type of rhabdomyosarcoma. Because of its rarity, this tumor is best treated at a center with experience treating many patients with rhabdomyosarcoma.

Either radiation or chemotherapy, or both, will be used before or after surgery. In general, surgery and radiation therapy are used to treat the primary site of the tumor. Chemotherapy is used to treat disease at all sites in the body.

Chemotherapy is an essential part of treatment to prevent further spread of the cancer. Many different chemotherapy drugs are active against rhabdomyosarcoma. Some of these drugs include:

Support Groups

The stress of illness can often be helped by joining a support group where members share common experiences and problems. See cancer - support group.

Expectations (prognosis)

While aggressive treatment is usually necessary, most children with rhabdomyosarcoma will achieve long-term survival. Cure depends on the specific type of tumor, its location, and the amount that has spread.

Complications

  • Complications from chemotherapy

  • Location in which surgery is not possible

  • Metastasis

Calling your health care provider

Call your health care provider if your child has symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma.

References

  1. Demetri GD. Sarcomas of soft tissue and bone, and other neoplasms of connective tissue.In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 209.
  2. National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: Soft Tissue Sarcoma. National Comprehensive Cancer Network; 2011. Version 2.2011.

Review Date: 3/14/2012.

Reviewed by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine and Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

 
 
 
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I want to Thank all of you from the bottom of ours hearts! It's, been very overwhelming. We have an amazing group of friends and family. We love you all.

posted by Gwendolyn Hollis-Lugo 21 months ago

GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!! FOR ALL THE THOUGHTS & PRAYERS FOR MY FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF NEED. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED TOO HAVE GREAT FAMILY & FRIENDS! I CAN THANK EVERYONE ENOUGH FOR SHOWING SO MUCH LOVE FOR US!! THANK YOU FAMILY & FRIENDS, GOD BLESS YOU.

posted by Edmund-Mundo Lugo 21 months ago

Show some love, make Ur lunch tomorrow and put Ur $10 u would've used into this fund! Do it all week and put in$50! Small sacrifice while this families life is completely at a slamming halt! We can do this together lil by lil or even those that can go big!! Do it!

posted by Eva Gray 21 months ago

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Sending Love,strength and courage, and all of you in prayer

 

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Stacy

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Sending lots of prayers to the Lugo's.

 

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Zach and his family during this difficult time.

 

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Our heartfelt love and constant prayers are with Zach as he fights to beat this cancer. Gwen and Mundo, we love you and know you will be given strength from God to see this through and be blessed with His grace meeting your needs each moment. Remember...With God, ALL things are possible and he will never leave you!

 

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You are in our thoughts and prayers...

 

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