In an extremely rare case, a toddler would fight against ovarian cancer.
On February 15, McKenna & # 39; Kenni & # 39; Shea Xydias, 2, from Georgia, USA, developed a fever of 39 degrees and a severely swollen belly.
The Daily Mail reports that, after an x-ray, his pediatrician felt that his condition was no more severe than a gas bubble in his intestines.
But an ultrasound revealed an ovarian mass.
Kenni's parents, Mike and Meagan Xydias, were incredulous when CT scans and MRI revealed tumors scattered on his abdomen, one by the liver and one on the right ovary, measuring 14 centimeters.
The age of 2 years would be one of the youngest cases to present this type of cancer, which usually affects women aged 10 to 30 years.
Since then, Kenni has had his right ovary extracted and part of his small intestine.
The Xydias are currently organizing chemotherapy and are discussing fertility experts with their daughters' future prospects.
"We try to take steps every day, but having to think about how these tumors and the resulting chemotherapy will potentially affect Kenni in the long run also forces us to look at the bigger picture," said his father in his GoFundMe page. .
"I'm not sure we're ready for the big picture yet, so small bites may be easier to swallow."
The tumor of Kenni's "yolk sac" is a type of germ cell tumor of the ovary. Commonly called GCTs, they account for 25% of ovarian tumors.
Twenty percent of all ovarian tumors are cancerous, and of these, only 20% are cancerous tumors of the yolk sac, which means that they are very rare. However, young people who suffer from ovarian cancer are more prone to this rare type than others.
"It's very, very rare," said the Daily Mail, Dr. Robert Wenham, director of the department of gynecologic oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center.
"Growth can be fast," he explained, and "swelling and pain" are the typical indication.
"The good news is that five-year survival for treated patients is relatively high: about 100% for stage 1 up to 70% for stage 4."
Dr. Wenham said that a surgical procedure to remove the tumor was suggested, but no one knew of its effectiveness. However, among young people, it is common for surgical procedures to be performed in all cases in an attempt to retain fertility patches in the future.
For Kenni, the most appropriate treatment is chemotherapy.
"Almost all patients will need chemotherapy, usually with three medications called bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin," said Dr. Wenham.
"There is some support for substituting carboplatin for cisplatin to reduce toxicity."
Family and friends are trying to raise funds to cover Kenni's medical expenses via social media and a Go Fund Me page.
Mike and Meagan are both teachers and share the feeling that finances are tough after buying a house recently and moving to Senoia, Georgia, with Kenni and their two older sons.
"This poor baby needs your prayers," wrote their friends on Facebook.
Mike said on the Go Fund Me page: "This whole experience has completely escaped our usual realm of normality.
"We are here … without previous experience with sick children or hospital stays.Now, tubes and health professionals are our new standard."
He told Good Morning America, "I did not know it could happen to such a young child.
"I know that Meagan and I agree that Kenni is our hero and that she reacts that way." She is an energy ball and stereotype of two years old. Is the youngest child, where she is the boss and extremely stubborn who [is] a good trait to go fight cancer. She does not let anything stop her. "