A spunky, charming and spirited 5-year-old girl I know needs your prayers! Ella had a mole removed from the bottom of her foot on May 11th, 2018. A week later pathology reports came back that malignant cells were found in the tissue that was biopsied - Ella was diagnosed with Stage II Melanoma. Her doctor suggested that she have surgery to remove more tissue and further testing, so the week of June 8th came with a physical exam, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound and blood testing. Discovery of a bean size tumor was found by Ella’s knee on the right leg and some swollen lymph nodes in her groin. On Friday, June 8th, Ella had surgery on her foot, a fine needle tumor tissue removal from the tumor in her knee & a biopsy of nodes in her groin. Ella was then diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma. The doctor informed Ella's parents that she needed to start lymph node removal planning, schedule a PET scan and begin treatment right away the following Monday.
More about Ella's history...In March of 2017 Ella was diagnosed with ITP (immune thrombocytopenic purpura), a rare bleeding disorder due to low platelet count. At one point she had only 3,000 platelets left in her body and her immune system wouldn’t stop attacking itself; normal platelet count is between 150,00-300,000. She is currently in remission, however, this condition now requires her to use immunotherapy for treatmeant of the melanoma, as chemotherapy could be rejected by her body and attack her platelets.
Ella started immunotherapy on Monday, June 11th. Immunotherapy will be performed in 10 intense therapies over 7 weeks. Immunotherapy isn’t approved by insurance and one treatment is $700. These treatments are what Ella needs to fight melanoma and treatments need to be paid for in advance. Dr. K, Ella's hematologist, has teamed up with her oncologist and believe that immunotherapy is a "no brainer" and consider it her only logical option at this point.
Right now Ella has a 60% chance of surviving the next 5 years if treatment is completed now and is successful. Lisa said the family will take one day at a time and stated, "...we aren’t sure what the future holds but we know immunotherapy could possibly save Ella’s life."
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