Pray For Ava

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About Ava was diagnosed with a high grade neuroepithelial brain tumor on October 22, 2012. This page was created to unite everyone to pray for Ava's health. To read more about her journey, click on the "About" link.
Description Ava's diagnosis: A high grade neuroepithelial brain tumor (found in the right temporal lobe)

A more detailed diagnosis: A diagnosis of malignant glioneuronal tumor was considered but her tumor had more PNET-like elements. (PNET stands for primitive neuroectodermal tumor). A diagnosis of glioblastoma with PNET component was considered but the entity is primarily restricted to the adult population. So, therefore, she received the generic diagnosis of a high grade neuroepithelial brain tumor.

Three weeks before Ava's diagnosis, she began having staring seizures which led us to take her to her pediatrician. He began to think that maybe this was something she would possibly grow out of in her early teen years. But to be on the safe side, he ordered an EEG. We had the EEG done and during the test, they actually got Ava to have a seizure by blowing (hyperventilating) on a pinwheel. Her seizure lasted for over a minute. Since her EEG came back abnormal, he ordered an MRI to be done. This is when we found out about her tumor.

We found out on a Monday, we met with the neurosurgeon the next day (Tuesday) and she was scheduled for surgery on Thursday, October 25th, of the same week. Dr. Frederick Boop at Le Bonheur was able to make a complete resection of the tumor. But because of the aggressiveness of the tumor, she had to immediately undergo radiation and chemotherapy. Her first day of chemotherapy was November 13th and her first day of radiation was November 14th. She will have 6 1/2 weeks of radiation combined with an oral chemotherapy. After the 6 1/2 weeks, she will switch over to two other kinds of chemotherapy and that will be up to one year of treatment. As any major updates come up, I will post them here in this section.

UPDATE: Ava had her MRI scan after radiation treatment on January 17, 2013 and it came back clear of any tumor.

UPDATE: Ava started her IV chemotherapy and another different oral chemotherapy on January 23, 2013.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan on March, 19, 2013 and it came back clear of any tumor.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan on May 13, 2013 and it came back clear of any tumor.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan on August 13, 2013 and it came back clear of any tumor.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan on November 11, 2013 and it came back clear of any tumor.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan on February 17, 2014 and it came back clear of any tumor.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan on April 28, 2014 and it came back as recurrence.

UPDATE: Ava had her second brain surgery on May 28, 2014 to remove the new tumor.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan in August 2014 and it came back stable with slight enhancement to be watched.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan in October 2014 and it showed relapse.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan in January 2015 and it showed progression.

UPDATE: Ava began a clinical trial in January 2015.

UPDATE: Ava had an MRI scan in March 2015 and it showed continued progression.

If you are wanting to send Ava anything, here is the address:

Ava Roten
12 West Commerce
Box 792
Hernando, MS 38632

Any donations made to Ava can be made out in her name.
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