News

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.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

After experiencing harassment, owner of Zareen's restaurants speaks out about Islamophobia, racism
By Elena Kadvany | 28 comments | 7,813 views

Good News: The New Menlo Park Rail Subcommittee Hits A Home Run
By Dana Hendrickson | 12 comments | 1,673 views

Premarital and Couples: Tips for Hearing (Listening) and Being Known
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,174 views

Two degrees can do all that?
By Sherry Listgarten | 2 comments | 729 views

 

Register today!

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Learn More