Welcome to Ryan's Web Page. It has been provided to keep people updated on how our little guy is doing. In 2005, at the age of three, Ryan was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor. A biopsy was performed which indicated that Ryan has a pilocytic astrocytoma. This is considered a "low-grade" (slow growing) tumor. Ryan had an 11 hour surgery on 4/21/05 that removed approximately 95% of the tumor. After surgery, Ryan went through months of physical, occupational and speech therapy. Ryan had to learn how to walk and talk all over again. Through it all, he never complained and always remained a happy and very determined little boy! Ryan's residual tumor began to grow in December 2007 at which time Ryan began carbo/vin chemotherapy protocol. Ryan stopped treatment in May 2008 after he had an allergic reaction to one of the chemo drugs. Ryan's tumor remained stable until 2012 when his tumor began slow growth and TPCV chemo treatment became necessary in Feb 2013. Great results are expected from this treatment! . Please pray for Ryan and ask others you know to pray for him. We will do our best to keep this website updated on Ryan's condition. We are truly grateful for all your prayers and support. Love, The Tucker Family (Update,
Recognizing the Symptoms: Warning Signs of Brain Tumors
Brain tumors are the second most common form of childhood cancer.
The signs and symptoms of brain tumors vary widely, but include:
difficulty in swallowing
impaired vision, double vision (may result in headtilt)
weakness in a limb or on one side of the body
difficulty with balance
tingling or weakness in the arms or legs
an increase in head size in infants
Friday, February 14, 2014 3:25 PM CST
Ryan finally finished his last chemo and we are feeling so grateful that he now has this behind him. He had an MRI this week that showed the tumor is smaller and the doctors feel that the treatment was effective. His next MRI will be in 4 months.
Ryan is looking forward to feeling more energetic as the effects of the treatment diminish over time. Right now his counts are still low but we are hopeful that they will improve quickly. He can't wait for the Stags new season and he is very excited to start cheering for them on the sidelines!
Thank you for your positive thoughts and prayers for Ryan's continued good health!!
Read Journal History
NYU Hassenfeld Children's Center
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpSrrBte4n8 Video of Ryan with Team
http://kingsisleblog.com/2013/07/16/ryans-make-a-wish-visit/ Ryan's Wish Trip
http://www.fightjpa.org Information on Pilocytic Astrocytoma