On April 21st of this year, Carli Robison was lying in bed with her 3 year old daughter Izzy when she felt a mass on Izzy’s stomach. Immediately alarmed, Carli phoned the local emergency room. Izzy had no symptoms of being sick, except for a decreased appetite which isn’t very alarming for a 3 year old girl.
When Carli took her into the ER, the doctors did blood work and an x-ray and began asking Carli and her husband if Izzy had ever had liver problems. After lots of Q&As, the doctors gave them a sealed envelope and told Carli and family to head to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital as soon as possible. When they got to UofI Children’s Hospital, the doctors did an ultrasound of Izzy’s Abdomen and discovered a tumor on her liver called hepotoblastoma. Within two days, Izzy underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Thanks to the work of Dr. Pitcher, the tumor on Izzy’s liver was removed entirely.
A week following surgery, Izzy began her first of two cycles of chemotherapy. Izzy is getting ready to undergo her second round of Chemotherapy and within the next week or two she should be able to go home. Izzy should be done with chemotherapy at the beginning of June, as long as her scans and bloodwork look good, just in time for her fourth birthday in August!