Meghan Anderson is an experienced oncology nurse. So, when her 2-year-old son, Luke, had a fever that wasn’t getting better with over-the-counter medication, she checked his stomach to see if it was something else. What she discovered surprised her. Luke had a mass in his abdomen.
She rushed Luke to Wilson’s Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida for testing and hoped that it wasn’t cancer. Later that day, her worst fears were confirmed. Luke had stage IV Wilms tumor.
The tumor was located on his vena cava, a larger vein responsible for carrying blood to the heart. The location of this tumor made his treatment more complex. Luke would need chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to remove the tumor. Luke started chemotherapy right away in hopes of shrinking the tumor to make removal easier. On October 30, 2008 Luke had surgery to remove part of the tumor, and luckily it was successful.