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A great lump under my son’s arm appeared when he was 11 months old. The surgeon prescribed antibiotics, but the lump did not diminish. Doctors of local children’s hospital diagnosed lymphoma and assigned high-dose chemotherapy. After six courses of treatment the lump began to diminish, complete remission occurred. But after 3months Ilya got relapse. There were assigned six more courses of chemotherapy. The treatment was very hard for my son, with complications, but he was able to enter into remission again. But after few months he has got relapse again – lymph nodes began to increase. Then Ilya underwent a transplantation of his own stem cells in R.M. Gorbacheva Scientific-Research Institute (St. Petersburg). But remission was unstable. Doctors said that new medicine brentuksimab could help, but it was not registered in our country, only abroad. Thanks to help and support of Channel One audience we access treatment in London. After that treatment Ilya’s body has cleansed of cancer cells. To complete success Ilya requires bone marrow transplantation. Because we did not find donor in Russia, we have to do it in London, but it’s a huge amount of money, and again we are asking your help. I am begging you, please, don’t deny! Ilya is active and curious kid, but he is all the time in hospitals and I wish so much that he got well and has grown as all children! Tatiana Dichenskaya, Rostov Region
Paediatric Oncologist Dr Stergios Zacharoulis of the Harley Street Clinic (London): Clinical condition of Ilya is satisfactory, symptoms of disease are absent, he is tolerating treatment well. Blood tests are normal. Now we can send a child for bone marrow transplantation at Royal Marsden Hospital.
Iliya Sofienko has received a bone marrow transplant from unrelated donor at Royal Marsden Hospital (London). He tolerated it well, and he feels fine now. Iliya has been moved from a sterilised box to a ward.
Iliya’s parents, Tatiana and Gennadiy, are very grateful to the Channel One audience and Rusfond readers for their help.