CHKD Patient Story
Sky Smith, Age 4
Sky is aptly named -- her smile is as big and wide as the sky and it’s always there, belying the fact that just last summer she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
It’s called a primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET). It can occur anywhere in the brain of a child, although the most common place is in the back of the brain near the cerebellum. These tumors are fast growing and often malignant, with occasional spreading throughout the brain or spinal cord.
Sky’s doctors at CHKD immediately started an intensive chemotherapy treatment program, in addition to proton therapy which she received at another hospital. She goes to CHKD’s outpatient Cancer Center once a week “to get her counts.” That’s also where Sky sees her many friends including child life specialist Brian and education coordinator Gus who try to make her visits as fun as possible.
Sky is more than half-way through her chemo treatment and is fighting and smiling through every step of the way.