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Family has date for brain tumor treatment

 

Eight-year-old Woodside brain cancer patient Zamora Moon Martinez-Lusinchi is scheduled to begin an experimental treatment for her cancer in Bristol, England, on Nov. 28, her mother says.

Marisa Martinez said the family of four will leave on Nov. 18 to arrive in time for pre-treatment testing.

The 8-year-old was diagnosed in July with an up-to-now untreatable and always fatal brain tumor, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, known as DIPG.

The trial treatment will attempt to get around the fact that such tumors cannot be surgically removed because they are close to areas of the brain regulating functions such as breathing and balance. The brain protects itself against intrusion from outside agents through what is called the "blood/brain barrier," so most chemotherapy drugs never reach the tumor.

In the trial, drugs will be injected directly into the tumor via a micro-catheter that will be robotically implanted in Zamora's skull.

At GoFundMe.com/ZamoraMoon, donations can be made to help pay for the treatment, which is not covered by insurance.

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