In Remission from Rare Cancer, Josie is Doing Well Thanks to Expert Care from Oncology Team
Shannon and Eric Eshman will never forget Christmas Day 2019.
Their daughter, Josie, was 4 years old. Instead of enjoying time at home and opening presents that morning, they were traveling to nearby Cincinnati Children’s.
Josie’s skin and eyes were jaundiced. Her parents knew she was sick, but they didn’t know the cause or the extent of her condition.
Answers were revealed a few weeks later, after tests and procedures confirmed a tumor in Josie's bile duct, the tube through which bile passes in and out of the liver.
The diagnosis was rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that can develop anywhere in the body but is particularly challenging when located even more rarely in the bile duct.
From Rhabdomyosarcoma Diagnosis to Detailed Treatment Plan
Josie’s parents’ minds raced as they grappled with big questions for the Cincinnati Children’s oncology team and even bigger worries for their daughter.
“Number one: was she going to live?” said Shannon. “She was so young, and it was so traumatizing.”
But after speaking with Brian Turpin, DO, and other doctors and nurses from the oncology division, Shannon and Eric learned about the team’s vast experience. They felt reassured by Cincinnati Children’s history of successfully treating similar patients.
“This is a rhabdomyosarcoma subtype that is incredibly rare. But I think they were reassured—understanding how rare it was—that we recently treated two similar patients with hepatobiliary rhabdomyosarcoma, just prior to Josie,” said Dr. Turpin.
“For Josie, she was in that category of ‘most are cured, but not all.’ ”
Relieved to hear of the team’s experience with rhabdomyosarcoma and a plan to move forward, Eric and Shannon then received answers to their other pressing questions, including how long radiation treatment would last and what effects it might have on Josie’s body.