When asked about her favorite thing about Thea's Star of Hope, the ten-year-old explained that the organization is like a laser on pediatric brain tumors, shooting at them until, hopefully one day, poof! They disappear.
It's hard to stop comparing our sick bodies to the people around us, but once we do, as both patients and caretakers, we learn to honor our own experiences and value ourselves in new and beautiful ways.
In recent years, major advances have been made in the immunotherapy scape, as it has become instrumental in revolutionizing the way oncologists treat a variety of cancers. However, its success in patients with brain cancer has been extremely limited.
While causes for pneumonia were varied – including bacteria (14 percent), virus (22 percent) and unspecified (64 percent) – the majority of children did not have immune deficiencies recorded at the time of their pneumonia diagnosis.