Luka Monroe, was a healthy and very active 5 year old living in Byron Bay with his wonderful family; Mother Usa, Father Ben and Sisters Isabella and Larita. Luka was a budding motorcycle racer and loved his surfing and fishing.
Just last week Luka developed sharp stabbing pains in his tummy. Within 48 hrs he was in the back of an ambulance being transferred to the Queensland Children's Hospital, where he was preliminary diagnosed with a large tumour in his left kidney, around the size of a naval orange!
After a bunch of scans and other tests, the cancerous tumour has been classed as a stage 3, having bled into Luka's body and the root cause of his stabbing pains. His treatment is a priority as now there is a chance the cancer could spread with the bleed.
Luka has already undergone surgery to insert a port device in his chest to facilitate his chemo and other therapies. On top of this, he will undergo radiation therapy in the hope the cancer tumour can be reduced and then removed along with his left kidney. All up Luka will undergo 9 cycles, each cycle being 3 weeks of chemo treatment and include 5 radiation treatments. In addition to chemo, Luka will require major surgery to remove the cancerous tumour and his left kidney between cycles 4 & 5. The total treatment time will be around 28weeks or 200 days.
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