My thirteen year old wonderful daughter Katilyn is on the McKinney Evans Middle School Pantherettes “drill team” and AP honor roll student; she started having trouble with headaches to the point of tears. Her pediatrician sent her to a neurologist where she received an MRI of her brain because of these headaches, from there she had a brain biopsy and on July 25, 2014 ironically “the same day in 2001 Katilyn’s father died”, she was diagnosed with an inoperable High Grade Glioma, stage 3 brain tumor “Anaplastic Astrocytoma”. I was told the cancerous tumor is located in the center of the left thalamus, and couldn’t be surgically removed.
Katilyn was immediately fitted for a radiation mask and will begin radiation therapy on Tuesday, August 12th. She will be treated with radiation five days a week for a total of 33 visits at UT Southwestern, in conjunction with an oral chemotherapy 3 times a day. The Neuro-oncology team hopes this will shrink the tumor. This is not a cure and the mass may grow larger at any point in the future. Intravenous chemotherapy will start the second week of November, one month after radiation ends to give her body a few weeks to heal before one year grueling powerful medication starts to break her down.