Posted by Natasha Watt on Jul 07, 2011
On Monday July 4th, Michi and Aimee met with some of Stella’s doctors to address her case. They discussed performing a biopsy on the tumor, as well as the two different biopsy methods that could be used. The purpose of the biopsy is to 100% determine the type of tumor Stella has, although the doctors still feel their primary diagnosis is most probable. The first biopsy method would involve drilling a hole in Stella's skull and would risk possible damage to areas of her brain. This method would also require her to have a shunt put in after the procedure. With this method the doctors would have access to all areas of her tumor. The second method is less invasive. With this procedure a needle would be inserted into her neck and directly into the tumor. While the doctors would have less access to the tumor with this method, they feel that they will be able to get the sample they need for confirmation of the exact kind of cancer Stella has.
After some discussion Michi and Aimee have decided to proceed with the less invasive biopsy. Stella’s biopsy is currently scheduled for Friday July 8th, and she will have to stay in Sick Kids for a day or so afterward to check for bleeding and infection. It will be seven days before the results of the biopsy come in.
Once again Aimee and Michi would like to thank everyone for all their love, thoughts, care and support in this difficult time.