Family, friends and an entire community come together tonight, fighting for the life of a little boy with a rare pediatric liver cancer. Doctors diagnosed 19-month-old Lucas Standish with Hepatocellular Carcinoma, a scarce pediatric liver cancer, back in July 2013.
Typically, HCC only infects 0.7 in every 1-million kids, but it's even more rare in kids under 5-years-old, like Lucas. Reports show it's a very aggressive cancer and doesn't respond well to chemotherapy, leaving doctors with very little options. In some cases, patients need a transplant.
The size and location of Lucas' tumors made it challenging for him to become a transplant candidate, but the family found a doctor at Boston Children's who performed a surgery to remove the cancer. Doctors spent 8-hours removing more that 75-percent of his liver and doing a bypass on one of the chambers of his heart. Unfortunately, the HCC became so aggressive, the cancer spread to his lungs and a mass returned to his liver. Doctors in Boston deemed the disease incurable.
But Lucas' parents, Melissa and Pat, refuse to give up on their little boy. He's home and now they're re-evaluating their options. Love4Lucas is a benefit tonight at the Water Street Landing in Lewiston at 8:00 PM to support not only young Lucas, but his parents who've dropped countless medical expenses to save their child.
For more information on how you can help, you can visit: www.youcaring.com/love4lucas or www.facebook.com/pages/Love4Lucas/576787152381577