Carter McKenzie Finger
Diagnosed on November 19, 2002
2002 - 1st round of High dose chemo and central
line placed (Broviac)
2003 - Carter spent 186 days in the
hospital this year.
Stem cell harvests 2 x's
5 rounds of high dose chemotherapy
remove initial tumor
Autologus stem cell transplant
Radiation to original tumor site
Began 3F8 Monoclonal
Antibodies at Memeorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Continued with 3F8 Antibodies up to 7 more cycles of two weeks of
treatment at a time.
Continued to take accutane orally
showed progression in femur/ March
4 low doses of chemotherapy
followed by 2 high doses of chemotherapy
surgery to repair his
teeth that have been damaged by all of the chemo
2005 - Feb
progression in right hip
radiation to his right hip
mediport taken out and new one placed
June progression in several
bone spots did 4 rounds of low dose chemotherapy
2 courses of
MIBG Therapy/Radiative Isotope this is given in Philadelphia, PA
Childrens hospital of Philly
2006- Still has spot on right
Stem Cell rescue to recover his marrow
4 teeth pulled as
a result of chemotherapy
received his glasses
Tried taking ABT
751 side effects were to much for Carter to handle also received
this at Childrens of Philly to continue to hold Carter's disease
April 06 - Started taking CEP-701 his cancer progressed
while on it so we had to switch chemo once again.
progressed again with a new small spot in his spine so he switched
again in June to Fenretinide chemo another low dose agent.
Unfortunately this also did not work and he had 5 new bone
tumors show up on a MIBG scan in July.
On August 1 and 2 he then
took Cytoxin chemotherapy once again in hopes to stop progression of
the new tumors.
On August 17th he underwent another vascath
surgery in preperation for another stem cell harvest to have for
future treatments. We were able to collect 6 million
Scans showed mixed results with possibly another new
tumor in the skull in August of 06
Carter then had Cytoxin
Vincristine and Topetecan to hopefully stop new progression this was
in September of 2006.
Carter started IL131 3F8 Antibodies on
October 24th 2006 .
During all of these
treatments Carter has had many blood transfusions, platelet
transfusions, and admissions to the hospital due to fevers. So as
you can see since Carter was diagnosed it has been a constant
battle. This does not stop our son He is wonderful and very much
full of life!
Prayer Banner which was made when he first joined the Outreach in
made in 2006 for Carter:
Jesus said, "Let the little
children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the
kingdom of heaven belongs to such as
an honor to have Carter a part of "Loyal Lamb Outreach" no more pain
to bare, your life Carter I will share. Give Jesus a
great big hug for us and let there be peace for your pain is