Corbin Patten (10) has been battling a rare form of brain cancer all his life. But he is a fighter and on Thursday he dealt a major blow to cancer.
Corbin’s brain tumor is useless because of its location. Doctors have been able to control the tumor with chemotherapy, but it’s not starting to work as well. And radiation is just not an option.
“Radiation can be very harmful, especially to the normal tissues in and around the brain. So we’re concerned about his hearing. We’re concerned about his eyes and the nerves going from his eyes to the brain,” said Dr. John Han-Chih Chang of Oklahoma’s Proton Center. “Together with the spinal cord that connects the brain to the rest of the body. This tumor is right in the middle of it all.”
With proton therapy, Chang was able to deliver the treatment directly to the tumor site without the collateral damage that radiation can cause.
For Corbin and Chang, that was welcome news.
“It has been a total of six weeks, culminating in his last treatment today. So I’m really excited for him and he’s excited to be done with this and move on with the rest of his life,” Chang said.
Corbin has been giving treatments five days a week for the past six weeks. Before his last treatment, he was surrounded by loved ones when he rang the doorbell to indicate that he is now cancer-free.
Corbin was also surprised with a visit from a fighter pilot from Tinker Air Force Base.
“He likes pilots and likes airplanes. Anything to do with airplanes or the old fashioned World War II stuff, whatever. He’ll be at home watching World War II videos all day,” said Natalie Clark, Corbin’s mother.
Corbin was allowed to put on the gloves to end his battle with cancer, which resulted in him graduating with number 3,685 for the Proton Center.
The family is now going to the Children’s Hospital in Dallas on August 17 for an MRI. They then plan a long-awaited and well-deserved vacation.