For cancer patients, completing chemotherapy is definitely one of the biggest battles they want to win. That’s why 5-year-old Anthony Latier underwent two years of chemotherapy for leukemia, and all the neighbors celebrated with him.
To help him celebrate this important occasion, a parade of bells was held in his vicinity. Everyone waved, honked and smiled. Anthony’s mother, Robin, says she chose the superhero theme because of her son’s experience. And you need a real hero to beat cancer.
“Some of what he went through was definitely inspired by superheroes. They don’t say that this fight was easy and he played really well, thinking about everything he had to do.”
Usually the bell rings in the hospital. But Anthony’s family said that if he did it in the society he grew up in, this day would be even more special for this brave little boy. They believe it is a more special way to honor Antony’s memory.
Leukemia is considered the most common cancer in children and adolescents, accounting for almost one in three cancers. Childhood leukemia is a rare disease. According to the American Cancer Society, 3 out of 4 cases of leukemia in children and adolescents are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Most of the remaining cases are acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Cancer begins when the body’s cells begin to grow uncontrollably. Cells in any part of the body become cancerous. Leukemia is a cancer that starts in cells. They usually develop into different types of blood cells. Also, in most cases, leukemia begins with the first forms of leukocytes. However, there are other types of leukemia that can start with other types of blood cells.
Different types of leukemia occur depending on whether they start with acute (fast growing), chronic (slow growing), myeloid, or lymphoid cells. Knowing the specific type of leukemia can help doctors predict a child’s prognosis and help him or her choose the best treatment.
Leukemia starts in the bone marrow. There, cells accumulate and begin to compress normal cells. Leukemia cells quickly enter the bloodstream.
Other types of leukemia can spread to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, central nervous system, testicles, and other organs. Other cancers in children, such as neuroblastoma or rhabdomyosarcoma, start in other organs and spread to the bone marrow.
Scientists are currently making strides in better understanding the DNA inside bone marrow stem cells, which could lead to their development into leukemia cells. Understanding these genes and chromosomal changes can help explain why these cells are out of control. And why don’t they develop into normal, mature blood cells?
Doctors are now using these changes to help determine the prognosis and determine what treatment is best for the child.
It takes a lot of courage for a child to overcome this situation. And with the love and support of their parents and those who care for them, heroes like Anthony Latier can overcome these difficulties.