Sumary of “Batman Sam” fights cancer with care from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center:
- The results showed that Sam had B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
- ” Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of cancer in children, affects the blood and bone marrow.
- The leukemic cells grow rapidly, making it difficult for the bone marrow to make normal cells.
- however, certain factors — such as previous cancer treatment, exposure to radiation and genetic disorders — can increase the risk.
- From his local hospital, Sam was transferred to the oncology unit at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (JHCC), where he was started on a regimen of medication and chemotherapy to try and get the leukemia quickly into remission.
- “The doctors said, ‘Leukemia is one of the more treatable cancers’,” Southward recalls.
- After eight days at JHCC, Sam’s bone marrow was retested and there was no sign of cancer.
- Related StoriesSince then, Sam has continued medication and chemotherapy to ensure that the cancer doesn’t return, which is typical in cases like his.