DEC 04, 2015 05:04 AM PST

Rare Breast Cancer in an 8 Year Old


Breast cancer isn't something normally found in children, but an 8 year old girl from Utah has been diagnosed with a very rare form of breast cancer called secretory carcinoma. Fewer than 1% of all breast cancers are of this type, and in children only 0.1% of tumors are secretory carcinoma. The child noticed a strange lump in her chest and reported it to her mother, who had her seen by her pediatrician the next day.

The patient, Chrissy Turner, has had one surgery already and will likely face more.. In addition, chemotherapy and radiation are being considered by her doctors. Her parents have both battled their own cancers as well, her mother survived cervical cancer and her father had a bout with Hodgkin's. After her treatment is complete Chrissy will be monitored with yearly PET scans.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
OCT 31, 2018
Videos
OCT 31, 2018
Why does severe pain cause vomiting?
Feeling nausea or vomiting are known to be common side effects of severe pain. But, why? To answer this question, research was conducted on surgical patien...
NOV 15, 2018
Cardiology
NOV 15, 2018
An Updated Look At Pacemakers
As pacemakers are now used for a wide range of heart conditions, most of us know someone who has this life-saving medical device. Hundreds of thousands of...
NOV 21, 2018
Cardiology
NOV 21, 2018
What We Know About Kawasaki Disease
Kawasaki disease discovered by Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki, a Japanese pediatrician, is a rare type of vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessels. It&rsquo...
NOV 23, 2018
Videos
NOV 23, 2018
Another Food Recall: Ground Turkey
The USDA announced that Jennie-O has recalled about 147,276 pounds of its ground raw turkey products....
NOV 25, 2018
Earth & The Environment
NOV 25, 2018
What Would Happen if An Asteroid Slammed Into One of Earth's Oceans?
Have you ever wondered what would happen if an asteroid plopped right into one of Earth’s oceans? Curious researchers wanted to know too, and so they...
NOV 28, 2018
Videos
NOV 28, 2018
What critics think about the first gene-edited babies
Chinese scientist He Jiankui took advantage of the International Human Genome Editing Summit in Hong Kong to publicize the results of his Crispr-Cas9 trial...
Loading Comments...