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Meet Kennedy

Update on Kennedy's journey: She has had to have her ovary surgically removed to harvest it for fertility preservation in the future. She has also completed 20 days of radiation at Mayo Clinic. Kennedy is continuing to do an amazing job with her chemotherapy, and she still has about 6 months left of intravenous chemo and then she will move on to the maintenance chemo for the duration of her treatment.

Diagnosis: Aveloar Rhabdomyosarcoma 

Last Update: 3/17/23

Meet Kennedy - a 7-year-old battling Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.  In January 2023, Kennedy discovered a 'bump' on her buttocks and visited her pediatrician to have it checked out.  Kennedy's pediatrician believed it to be a cyst, but recommended an ultrasound.  While her parents waited for the results, the 'bump' grew, and an MRI with and without contrast was completed.  On February 24th, Kennedy's pediatrician called with news that the 'bump/cyst' was a malignant tumor called Rhabdomyosarcoma and recommended a biopsy at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  Kennedy was admitted to the oncology floor, and on March 1st, the biopsy confirmed - Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, Stage 3/Group 3. 


Kennedy's treatment plan will consist of 60 weeks of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and 40 weeks of low-dose maintenance chemotherapy. 

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