Vivian Worlein wants to be an artist and veterinarian when she grows up. The team in the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is working hard to make that happen.
It is definitely tough going from no physical problems whatsoever to needing hours of therapy every week and not knowing what the outcome is going to be,” says Lyz Worlein, Vivian’s mom.
The team approach has been positive for Vivian, as she sees familiar faces on a consistent basis, helping her to feel safe even when she is undergoing scary treatments.
“I had MRIs, and I was pulled away from my mom,” says Vivian. “I hold a cross that makes me feel better.”
Vivian will complete her ninth and final round of inpatient chemotherapy in October.
Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in children. It is most often diagnosed before the age of ten and is slightly more common in boys than girls.
- Morning vomiting
- Problems with tasks like handwriting
- Double vision
- Loss of developmental milestones such as an infant who is walking and suddenly regresses to crawling
If the tumor spreads to the spinal cord, symptoms of medulloblastoma may also include:
- Back pain
- Difficulty walking
- Inability to control bladder and bowel functions
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