One of the children being supported by the Children’s First Foundation has started radiation treatment at Epworth Richmond, and has been visiting every day for three weeks to help shrink what is left of a tumour on his pituitary gland.
Indonesian resident Yafi Wijayanto, aged 15, had been growing steadily taller until Royal Children’s Hospital Endocrinologist Margaret Zacharin rallied support from private hospitals to assist in his treatment and follow-up care. The tumour caused rapid growth, loss of vision in one eye and threatened the loss of sight in his other eye.
Yafi has had previous surgeries and is on medication but was recommended for further treatment at Epworth with Head of Stereotactic Radiosurgery Dr Michael Dally.
Dr Dally said Yafi will receive 15 treatments of stereotactic radiotherapy — which uses a highly accurate radiation beam that specifically targets tumours using onboard imaging, a robotic treatment couch and directed beam treatment.
The machine rotates around the patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose from multiple angles with sub-millimetre precision.