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Development of new therapies inspired by chip analysis has enabled him to survive medulloblastoma relapses

Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma

Hobbies: Exploring

Favorite Song: "I’ve Got a Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

CHIP Impact:  Myles has had relapses of metastatic medulloblastoma which previously had been rapidly fatal in all children.  Development of new therapies inspired by chip analysis has enabled him to survive these relapses and given him a realistic chance of cure.

Myles was an active 6-year-old who one day, after falling while ice skating, had trouble getting his eyes to track together. A subsequent scan revealed a tumor near Myles’s brain stem known as a Medulloblastoma. He had brain surgery to remove most of the tumor and then fought through chemotherapy and radiation. Following positive MRIs at 3- and 6-month post-treatment appointments, doctors discovered a new tumor, but not in the form of a typical Medulloblastoma reoccurrence. Myles was given more radiation targeting the new tumor and more chemotherapy in preparation for stem cell collection. After yet more chemotherapy, Myles was admitted to the Bone Marrow Transplant unit for his high dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. One day after his 9th birthday, an MRI showed two new tumors. At this point Dr. Foreman went back to the original tumor to retrieve information from the Micro Array Chip that had been placed 2 ½ years earlier. With this new information, doctors started Myles on a new medicine. Due to the combination of this medicine and yet more radiation, Myles has had some clear MRIs lately but is dealing with some side effects of all his past treatments. He is enjoying more time with friends and less time at clinic these days and is looking forward to a summer filled with fun.