Carter started experiencing swollen lymph nodes in his neck and head last November. Preliminary blood work came back as normal, so the Snows were advised to keep an eye on things and come back for further testing in a couple weeks.
On Wednesday, January 8th Carter was examined by a Portsmouth surgeon who found more lymph nodes underneath his armpits and in his groin area. At that point Carter's father, Chris, called Boston Children’s Hospital to get a second opinion and got an appointment for Carter with a pediatric surgeon for the next day. At Boston Children's, an enlarged lymph node on the side of Carter's neck was surgically removed so it could be biopsied. The call came on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. that the pathologist had seen cancer cells in Carter’s tissue. The Snows were told the head oncologist would call in the morning and to plan to come to Boston the next day. Carter and his parents, Melissa and Chris, were told Tuesday afternoon that Carter had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and he was admitted on the spot to Children’s hospital for 4-5 weeks of intensive treatment.
The next day a PET scan showed the likelihood of bone marrow involvement which would be confirmed via a biopsy the following day. An abdominal CT and brain MRI showed no progression to major organs. Thursday, the results showed that 48% of his bone marrow was cancerous which changed his diagnosis to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood and adolescent blood cancer. The results of a spinal fluid tap showed no cancer in the spinal fluid. That Friday, Carter received his first dose of steroids, the backbone medicine for treating ALL and on Monday the 20th his first dose of chemotherapy.
The Snow family is told that Carter will continue ongoing treatment at the Jimmy Fund Clinic for two years.
Thank you for praying for Carter and his family. Your support will help to defray medical-related expenses and allow the family to focus on Carter's full recovery.
The money from this fund will help the Snow family pay for time out of work, hotel expenses, travel to and from the hospital, the insurance deductible, medicines and procedures not covered by insurance, food, and all of the other countless expenses that are popping up because of this unexpected medical crisis.
Thank you for being a part of Get Well Carter!