In six months, Roxli Doss and her family went from tears of despair to those of joy. While an inoperable brain tumor was diagnosed last June in the 11-year-old girl, she has just learned that she has now disappeared.
“A Medical Miracle?”, ” A Divine Miracle?” Media around the world, just like the medical community, are trying to explain what just happened to an 11-year-old Texan. We are very happy about this turnaround that the story could look like a tale. Today, we tell you the true story of the brave Roxli Doss.
A dark prognosis
In June 2018, after having endured headaches and vision loss for several weeks, little Roxli has to face a terrible diagnosis. She had an infiltrating protruding glioma (GITC), a brain tumor who settled in her brainstem, which makes it inoperable.
This type of cancer usually affects children between 5 and 10 years of age but can occur at any age during childhood.
Sufferers will have difficulty walking, swallowing and seeing. They can also suffer from headaches and nausea. “It’s very rare, but when we detect it, we know we’re dealing with a devastating disease,” said Dr. Virginia Harrod of Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, who was responsible for the 11 year old girl.
“The prognosis is bleak, there is no treatment and it is a diagnosis of a terminal illness,” she told the Huffington Post. We can easily imagine the distress of the girl and her family at the announcement of this news.
Radiotherapy sessions to slightly extend life expectancy
After a very frank discussion with Roxli’s parents in which her doctor advised them to “take advantage of the time they had to spend together,” it was agreed that the young Texan would begin radiation therapy sessions.
If the latter can not destroy this type of tumor, it can reduce it or prevent it from spreading. “It has been shown that radiation can prolong the life expectancy of patients with GITC by 3 to 6 months, but they can not treat it,” said Dr Harrod.
After 6 weeks of radiotherapy and then 4 weeks of rest for Roxli to recover from the effects of the treatment, his doctors gave him an MRI to measure the condition of the tumor.
And that’s where hope came back. “The tumor had disappeared and was, therefore, immeasurable. You could barely see the slightest trace a tumor had been there,” noted her doctor.
Joy and vigilance
Dr. Harrod said that if she had never seen such a result after radiation sessions on her patients, she had already heard of some very rare cases.
According to her, this disappearance could be explained by the biological constitution of the tumor that had developed in the brainstem of the girl. But because this area of the body is very sensitive to biopsies, it would have been difficult for scientists to analyze the genetics and genomics of Roxli’s to better understand why his tumor type reacted so well to radiotherapy while this is not the case for the majority of other patients.
If joy has prevailed over anxiety in the Texan family, vigilance remains in this form of cancer that is known to be aggressive. This is why the teenager continues to receive treatment and participates in a clinical trial program.