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Benefit being held for North River teen battling cancer

Deven Desjardins has been battling an uncommon form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma that resulted in a lump about the size of a baseball forming on the side of his neck. A yard/bake sale and silent auction is being held for him at the Cobequid Fire Hall on Saturday. 
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Deven Desjardins has been battling an uncommon form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma that resulted in a lump about the size of a baseball forming on the side of his neck. A yard/bake sale and silent auction is being held for him at the Cobequid Fire Hall on Saturday. Submitted photo

NORTH RIVER, N.S.

When Deven Desjardins first noticed a lump on the side of his neck he thought it might be a swelling that would go away on its own, but tests discovered it was an uncommon form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.

It took more than three months for Desjardins, who was 17 at the time, to be diagnosed, and that had to be done through a biopsy.

It was scary but it wasnt sore at first, he said. It got painful when it started pressing on my inner ear.

The tumor grew to be seven and a half centimetres in diameter and Deven began treatments. He has six and a half weeks of daily radiation and 38 once-a-week chemotherapy treatments (with one remaining).

Although he is 18 the treatments are given at the IWK because rhabdomyosarcoma is usually a childhood cancer.

When I first started chemo I had to stop going to school but Im finishing up my courses now and will be able to graduate in June, he said. I had a pretty healthy body type and Im getting some things back but its hard to do some things with my hands and feet yet. Ill need therapy to regain strength but I feel healthy and pretty good right now.

Deven said he enjoys baking sweets and hopes to become a pastry chef after graduation.

 

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

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