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Showing Support: Two-year-old battling cancer getting through chemo with few side effects; signs being sold to help out family

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Two-year-old Trent Floyd continues to be in good spirits following his second round of chemotherapy. In fact, Trent continues to be the exception — an especially happy, energetic toddler with few side effects going into his third round of chemo, Misty Floyd said this week about her son.

Trent was diagnosed earlier this summer with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, a nerve network throughout the body that carries messages from the brain. It is a solid, malignant tumor that manifests as a lump or mass in the abdomen or around the spinal cord in the chest, neck, or pelvis. This rare type of cancer is sometimes called the "great masquerader" because its symptoms mimic so many other diseases. Even a biopsy might reveal cells that can resemble other small, round blue tumor cells, like lymphomas and rhabdomyosarcomas. Only a pathologist familiar with neuroblastoma can distinguish the difference, according to Ped-Onc Resource Center’s website: http://www.acor.org/ped-onc/diseases/neuro.html

The first indicator of anything wrong with Trent was fever, which was first treated as teething, then a bacterial infection. However, Trent’s condition continued to worsen, resulting in three days in the emergency room after one lung filled with fluid. While conducting a CT scan, doctors discovered a mass in Trent’s chest. He was sent to Medical City Hospital in Dallas, where the fluid was slowly drained from his lung. A biopsy showed that in addition to the mass, which is wrapped around his aorta, the cancer has also spread to Trent’s bone marrow, which automatically means a stage 4 diagnosis, Mrs. Floyd explained.

Trent immediately started his first five-day round of chemotherapy. Then, for the first time in three weeks, he was able to go home. He later went back for another round of aggressive chemo, marking the second time that, aside from a some lack of appetite and mild discomfort, he suffered few of the side effects most chemo patients experience.

“He’s not hurting,” Misty Floyd said. “He’d eat during chemo. He continued to eat until the fourth or fifth day, when his counts were at their lowest — his white cells hit zero — that he had any loss of appetite.”

She explained that three days after returning home from his second round of chemo he developed a fever, requiring him to go back to the hospital on a Friday night. At that point the toddler lost his appetite, and was put on “a food in a bag kind of thing.” After four days, he was doing better. Just before he was to be released, he again developed fever and experienced some diarrhea, thought likely a result of the antibiotics he was taking. He was released last Saturday after eight days in the hospital.

He was slated to return to the hospital Thursday for blood work, lab work and to have his cell counts checked. He was slated to have a bone marrow biopsy soon, but his condition will have to be reassessed before the next round of chemotherapy. A CT scan was slated to determine when the third round of chemo and bone marrow harvesting can be conducted.

“He’s probably going to have three more rounds of really aggressive chemotherapy for the transplant,” Misty said. “He seems to be doing fine now. He’s not been really sick, happy and playing the whole time. We expect a few little setbacks, like fever or some loss of appetite, but as long as he feels good, it’s OK. He’s been feeling good all along.”

While the Misty and Jason Floyd do have health insurance for Trent to help with the cost of Trent’s medical treatments, it won’t meet all of the family’s needs.

To help them out, the Floyds’ friends have set up accounts for donations and are currently offering red, race car-shaped wooden signs with Trent’s name on them for donations of $15. The money raised from selling the signs will go to Trent’s family to help with costs associated with his care. They also serve as a physical, visual sign of community support and encouragement for the youngster and his family during Trent’s treatment. They are red like race cars, since Trent has loved Hot Wheels and similar cars half his young life.

Anyone interested in obtaining a red Trent race car lawn sign for $15 should contact either Tina Carrillo at 903-468-7122 or Lori Burnett at 903-767-7517.

Monetary donations may also be made to the Trent Caleb Floyd Benefit Fund at Guaranty Bond Bank.

He will also require blood transfusions, and can get credit for donations made at local blood banks. Blood donations to help Trent may be made at any area blood bank or blood drive at any time by noting it is for Trent Floyd as well as SPON048240. Blood donations do not have to be Trent’s blood type — just noting it is for the 2-year-old will give him credit that will apply when he needs transfusions.




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