Angelo Dabbiero is a student at Berthoud High School. In August 2008, Angelo was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma. After fighting the initial stages of the disease, Angelo has had a reoccurance of his cancer and is now fighting through additional treatments.
Below is information which was posted by his family on November 5, 2012.
Angelo said this afternoon that he feels like someone (someone big) hit him in the stomach, hard.
We met with the doctors to discuss the history of his treatments, the reality of the current situation and several different options, including doing nothing.
They feel that radiation is an option to target the two spots in the lungs as well as the two new lymph nodes. The radiation specialist at University Hospital is looking over everything and will call us soon to set up a meeting and a treatment schedule.
This would address the existing tumors but would not prevent new ones from forming elsewhere.
They can see that the spot where the previous tumor (by his kidney) is completely clear, so the surgery, chemo and radiation were successful for that area.
Angelo does not want to continue with any new phase 1 study options as they have not been affective. There are also some that he was not eligible for and may not qualify for if the radiation is successful (that would be a good thing).
He talked about holding off with treatments and then trying the hard chemo but knows that they don't want the cancer to advance to the point where it would be impossible to stop it.
The chemo option he is choosing is to take ( I think there are 2) daily, oral medication(s). He may hold off until the radiation is over because they have a tendancy to intensify the side effects of the radiation. (He has already endured 48 days of radiation between the 2 precious treatments). He may be able to begin radiation next week.
The discussions today were basically to go over treatment options as well as quality of life options.
The doctor continues to be amazed at Angelo's fortitude and confidence in asking questions and taking everything into consideration when making his decision.
There is not much that I can add to Angelo for him to make his decisions. He is the only one who knows exactly how each of the medicines have affected him and made him feel, physically and mentally.
I believe that Angelo exemplifies the meaning of 'courage'. I continue to be very proud of him.
The doctor mentioned that she is still praying for a miracle and believes that Angelo is already a miracle. The reality is that there are not many options to treat Rhabdomyosarcoma that has come back 3 times.
A miracle is what he needs. Please continue to pray for his divine healing.
The Dabbiero Family
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