Families

Justin Miller Beats Cancer Number 6

by Lori Miller
July 10, 2013
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10-year-old Justin Miller was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2006 and has just beaten cancer for the sixth time! Photos: Silver Kite Photography

OK, you might want to sit down for this one. No, maybe stand up. Maybe sit and then stand?

Justin’s official scan results are in…Drum roll, please…

Justin has officially beaten cancer #6!

Justin is currently 100% cancer free.

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Kids with Cancer

Justin Miller Begins Treatment to Cure Childhood Cancer Number 6

by Lori Miller
April 10, 2013

We are in the clinic waiting room at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, preparing to be seen and admitted to the special room. Cancer fighting #6 is about to begin…

A little more than a year ago we were experiencing this same MIBG therapy for advanced-stage neuroblastoma in New York. We hope we are more prepared this time.

Justin fully understands what the next few days will bring: the lead-lined room, the isolation, the feelings of being a “caged animal” where whatever goes in, can’t come out. We’ve talked with him about how restricted Grandma and I will be from being able to take care of him, touch him, hug him and love on him.

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Kids with Cancer

Justin’s year in the fight against neuroblastoma

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 21, 2012

By Lori Miller, mother to Justin, the childhood cancer fighting ninja and 2012 Ambassador Kid

As I sit here and reflect on our last year, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with an extreme range of emotions. I can truthfully admit I wasn’t sure if Justin would be here this Christmas, not that I didn’t have hope and not that I didn’t think he could prevail, but because we didn’t have any treatment options available to us. Justin had multiple relapses, weakened bone marrow, low platelets and an ANC that was consistently low. We mustered through each day over the last holiday season, put a smile on our faces and prayed for something to turn up. Justin wasn’t ready to give up; I wasn’t ready to give up.

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Kids with Cancer

Results from Justin’s MIBG Therapy: The Cancer is Gone!

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 3, 2012

Photo by Rachel Kemble Photography

Written by Lori Miller whose son, Justin, recently underwent an up-and-coming therapy to fight childhood cancer for the fifth time. Justin is a St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2012 Ambassador Kid.

Sit down for this one…are you sitting? The cancer is gone! None, zero, zip…gone! I am still slightly surprised, definitely pleasantly surprised, but still reeling in the adrenaline of the news. We are beyond thrilled!

When the doctor called to give us the scan results, he said there was good news and bad news. The good news: there was no sign of cancer on the MIBG scan, the MRI and the CT scans – none. They were all pleasantly surprised. The bad news: they didn’t have a plan for Justin. Since there is no cancer present, he can’t do another round of MIBG therapy and without active cancer he is excluded from other studies as well.

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Kids with Cancer

Justin’s MIBG Therapy

by Lori Miller
May 15, 2012

Follow Justin’s four-day experience with MIBG therapy, an up-and-coming treatment for advanced-stage neuroblastoma. This therapy involves radiation and requires Justin to stay in a lead-lined room, alone, until his radioactive levels have lowered. Justin is battling childhood cancer for the fifth time and is a St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2012 Ambassador Kid. The updates below have been provided by Justin’s mother, Lori.

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Facts

What Is MIBG Therapy?

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 15, 2012

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MIBG therapy is an up-and-coming treatment for advanced-stage neuroblastoma. This type of childhood cancer is very difficult to treat, with close to two out of three children succumbing to their disease.

Current treatment options including chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplantation are powerful, but not powerful enough. New therapeutic options are needed.

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