The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
[Survivor Darla Thompson of rural Gladstone will be featured in next week's Quill]
Sadie Lenz will serve as the Honorary Survivor for the 2007 Relay For Life of Henderson County.
Sadie was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms' tumor (nephroblastoma) on October 26, 2006, at age 3.
The diagnoses came after a visit to her pediatrician, followed by blood work and a CT scan of her abdomen.
On October 30, 2006, Sadie underwent surgery for port placement and also had an MRI to further diagnose her tumor.
Both of her kidneys are involved and she underwent chemotherapy once a week for 4 weeks to shrink the tumor in her right kidney, as well as control what appeared to be the beginning stages of Wilms' tumor in her left kidney.
After 4 weeks, her oncologist and surgeon reevaluated her for surgery to remove the right tumor.
The tumor was shrinking and Sadie had surgery on December 6, 2006, to remove her right kidney, adrenal gland, and appendix.
Sadie's surgeon opened her left kidney for a biopsy, but there was nothing to biopsy.
The chemotherapy that she received prior to surgery had shrunk the presumed beginning stages of Wilms' in the left side, so her left kidney remains in tact.
She then began 25 weeks of follow-up chemotherapy, along with 7 radiation treatments to her abdomen.
Sadie finished radiation therapy on January 18, 2007 with very little side effects.
She will continue her chemotherapy regimen of Vincristine, Dactinomycin, and Doxorubicin well into June of this year.
On March 1, 2007, Sadie had a series of x-rays which confirmed a small bowel obstruction.
She had surgery the same night to remove the obstruction (scar tissue/adhesions from previous surgery/radiation), without any complications.