NEW YORK — Marcus Bolles is recovering in New York City after successful surgery July 11 to remove tumors in his abdomen.

The 8-year-old Astoria boy is fighting a rare form of cancer known as desmoplastic small round tumor, which he was diagnosed with in December. He underwent a surgery in March to remove tumors and more were found.

His mother, Melanie Bolles, reported Thursday that he is doing well after the second surgery.

She said that her son is now considered to have no evidence of the disease. “This doesn’t mean he is cured, as there is no cure, but this is the best news we could hope for right now,” she said.

Marcus Bolles will now participate in a medical trial in New York, which will include receiving a dose of an antibody bound with radiation. It will be delivered into his abdomen through a tube that was placed there during surgery. The purpose, Melanie Bolles said, is to deliver the radiation only to the affected area.

“While this trial has showed promise, it is still a trial and there are no guarantees,” she said. She said she hopes they both will return in August and Marcus will resume chemotherapy on a maintenance schedule.

“Marcus is a fighter and we will continue to search out and utilize treatments that will give us as much possible time to find a cure, however, it is important to me to maintain his quality of life,”?she said. “I don’t want every single minute of his childhood spent being poked and prodded.”

Her hope, she added, is that Marcus can return to school in the fall and be a kid again. “I wish to thank the entire community for their support and prayers,” she said.

Donations can be made at Wauna Federal Credit Union to account number 135171 or at any Wells Fargo Branch under Marcus Bolles Medical Fund. Checks made out to Marcus Bolles Medical Fund can be sent to P.O. Box 1313 Astoria, OR 97103.

Melanie Bolles said she and Marcus will make future trips to New York for radiation and other treatments as well as numerous trips to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.


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