The next few days were filled with a rush of tests and oncologist visits, including x-rays, MRIs and a biopsy. They confirmed what no parent wants to hear…your son has cancer. Jackson was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer that is most common in boys ages 9 to 15. The tumor was on Jackson’s growth plate and encroaching on his knee. He underwent 10 weeks of chemotherapy, during which he needed several units of blood and platelets. He then had surgery to remove the tumor as well as a portion of his femur and knee. Since Jackson was still growing, he was given a cutting-edge prosthetic that would grow with his other knee. Jackson underwent more chemotherapy after the surgery to make sure the cancer was gone.
Jackson’s prognosis is good, and his parents grateful for the medical care he receives to help him live a long, healthy, cancer-free life.