Luca's Medulloblastoma - Fight for Life

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I am raising money to help my cousin's 4-year-old child: Luca Ivanov living in Botosani, Romania who is fighting and was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma

Medulloblastoma is a cancerous tumor—also called cerebellar primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)—that starts in the region of the brain at the base of the skull, called the posterior fossa. These tumors tend to spread to other parts of the brain and to the spinal cord.

So far, Luca had a brain surgery for the tumor removal and cerebrospinal fluid removal and another one for a lung complication (Pneumothorax).


Unfortunately, the doctors discovered the tumor has spread to his spinal cord, therefore, he needs to start radiation and chemotherapy.

Luca already had one chemotherapy session and on the 10th of September 2018,  he is scheduled to start the radiation therapy In Bucharest, Romania (București, Romania).

Here below are the hospitals he was and he is treated at:

A. Brain Surgery:

Spitalul Clinic Judetean de Urgenta Cluj-Napoca - Neurochirurgie
Address: Str. Clinicilor, nr/bl 3-5, Cluj-Napoca 400000, Cluj, Romania
Phone: +40 264 590 273
Website: http http://www.scjucluj.ro/index.php/sectii-si-compartimente/sectii-compartimente/63-neurochirurgie://www.scjucluj.ro/ 

B. Lung Surgery: 

 Spitalul de copii Cluj-Napoca - Pediatrie
Address:  Str. Motilor, nr. 68, Cluj-Napoca 400000, Cluj, Romania
Phone: +40 264 597 706
Website:  https://www.pedicluj.ro/organizare/sectii-compartimente/pediatrie-1 

C. Chemotherapy:

Institutul Oncologic Prof. Dr.I. Chiricuta Cluj-Napoca
Address: Str. Republicii nr. 34-36, Cluj-Napoca 400015, Cluj, Romania
+40 264 598 362, +40 264 598 363
+40 264 598 364, +40 264 591 281
+40 264 591 282, +40 264 450 749
+40264 450 753 Birou informatii
Website:  http://www.iocn.ro/PENTRU-PACIENTI/Departamente/Sectiileclinice1/Sectia-de-Oncopediatrie--eID73.html

D. Medical supervision during the Radiation Therapy:

Institutul Oncologic  "Prof. Dr. Alexandru Trestioreanu" - Secție de Oncologie pediatrică, București
Address: Șoseaua Fundeni 252, București 022328, Romania 
Phone: +40 212 271 000
Website:  http://www.iob.ro/ro/despre-institut/sectii-clinice-si-laboratoare/oncologie-pediatrica

E.  Radiation Therapy Sessions:

Address: Bulevardul Ficusului 40, București 077190, Romania
Phone: +40 21 9230
Website:  https://www.neolife.ro/radioterapie 

At the moment Luca and his mother are in the Bucharest hospital.
So far, their expenses were over 5000 Euros.

If you are willing to help, any little donation will be helpful for the family since they are financially struggling to keep up with all the medical expenses and bills, the traveling expenses and medication.

Thank you very much for your help!
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Luca just celebrated his 5th birthday on August 4th!
The doctors allowed him to go home for a short period.
Tomorrow he is returning to Cluj-Napoca hospital.
He is not doing very well, he started repeating things, having headaches and lose his balance.
The anatomopathological examination showed that it's a group 3 of medulloblastoma with the worst prognosis of all medulloblastoma subgroups.
On August 12, the doctors from Austria are expected to share further details regarding the tumor biopsy sample results and the next steps to follow.
Please continue to keep Luca and his family in your prayers and help if you can!
Thank you very much for all your support and care!
I attached a picture from Luca's 5th birthday celebration!
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Luca continued his chemo and he had a few breaks in between the treatments, which gave him the opportunity to spend time with family.
Two days ago he had to have a blood transfusion with platelets since his results were not looking good.
After the blood transfusion, he is feeling better and he was even allowed to go for a walk outside the hospital.
The doctors are going to do some blood tests tomorrow and if the results are good, Luca will be allowed to go home for a couple of days.
There are still no updates regarding the Austrian doctors and the possible alternative cancer treatment.
Thank you all for your support! Please continue to pray and help if you can!
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Luca is back to the hospital in Cluj-Napoca, Romania for his chemo treatment. Because of the treatment and his weak immune system, he got a stomach virus infection (Clostridium virus) and he is now undergoing treatment with antibiotics.
My cousin (Luca's father) got in touch with the doctors in Austria who asked him to send the MRI results and a cancer biopsy sample in order to determine if there are any other options of treatment for little Luca.
Please continue to help if you can and pray for Luca and his family! Any help is truly appreciated!
Thank you to all of you for your support!
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After an MRI scan, the radiologist concluded that Luca has only one month left to live.
Cancer has spread to the spine and the brain.
His parents are working on getting a second opinion from a hospital in Austria.
Please pray for Luca and his parents, share and help if you can!
Thank you!
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