Brazilian economist lost three children to cancer in less than 5 years as he battled disease himself

Brazilian economist, who was battling cancer himself, has lost three of his children to cancer over a five-year period. 

The four members of their family discovered in 2016 that they had a rare genetic condition. It increases the likelihood of developing cancer in the family. Only 5 out of 20,000 families are affected by the Li-Fraumeni disorder.

Régis Feitosa, 52, lost his youngest daughter first. 

Beatriz Feitosa was nine years old when she was diagnosed as having acute lymphocytic lung disease. She underwent a bone-marrow transplant and continued her treatment. The cancer, however, returned and she died just a year later on June 24, 2018 at the age of 10.

Pedro, the father, was 17 years old when he was diagnosed, at age 17, with osteosarcoma. This is a form of bone cancer. He After being cured of the disease four times, he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019. He died on November 30, 2020 at age 22.

Anna Carolina Feitosa (eldest daughter of the family) was diagnosed with acute lymphocyticleukemia in 2009, when she was just 12 years old. She Following a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment, the patient was able to recover from cancer within three years. She would go on to become a doctor and then was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2021. She died November 19, 2022 at the age of 25.

Regis stated that in just four and half years, he had lost all of his children. 

Régis Feitosa (second from right) with his three children who died from cancer: Anna Carolina (left), Pedro (second from left) and Beatriz (right). Régis is currently battling chronic leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Brazilian Economist Régis Feitosa Was Diagnosed In 2016 With Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, A Rare Genetic Disorder That Increases That Risk A Person And Their Families Have At Developing Cancer. His Three Children Were Diagnosed With The Same Syndrome And Each Died From Cancer In A Span Of Five Years

Brazilian economist Régis Feitosa was diagnosed in 2016 with Li-Fraumeni syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that increases that risk a person and their families have at developing cancer. He was diagnosed with the same condition in 2016 and his three children died of cancer within five years.

Régis, who himself was first diagnosed with cancer in 2009, became increasingly concerned that the cancers were related and decided that all his children should undergo a genetic test.

The blood work revealed that Régis had Li-Fraumeni syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that increases that risk a person and their families have at developing cancer.

“The results showed that my genetic abnormality was passed to me and that it can cause the appearance of cancer,” he said.

The family realized in 2016 that they all had the rare mutation. Unfortunately, there was little to be done to stop the spread of deadly cancers. 

‘Li-Fraumeni syndrome can’t be prevented,’ according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Régis' Oldest Daughter, Anna Carolina, Was Only 25 Years Old When She Died From A Brain Tumor On November 19

Régis’ oldest daughter, Anna Carolina, was only 25 years old when she died from a brain tumor on November 19

Régis (Right) With His Son, Pedro, Who Died From Brain Cancer On November 30, 2020 And His Daughter, Anna Carolina, Who Died From A Brain Tumor On November 19

Régis (right) with his son, Pedro, who died from brain cancer on November 30, 2020 and his daughter, Anna Carolina, who died from a brain tumor on November 19

Régis' (Left) Youngest Daughter, Beatriz (Right), Was Just 9 Years Old When She Was Diagnosed With Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia In 2017.  She Died On June 24, 2018 At The Age Of 10

Régis’ (left) youngest daughter, Beatriz (right), was just 9 years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2017.  She On June 24, 2018, at the age 10 years, he passed away.

Régis, who in 2021 learned that he was suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said his parents did not have the hereditary disorder.

According to the Cleveland Clinic the chances of developing cancer in the future are about 90% for anyone with the syndrome.

A nearly 100 percent chance exists for breast cancer detection in Li-Fraumeni syndrome women who are born to a female with the condition. 

According to the Clinic’s website: “LiFraumeni syndrome occurs when something changes within the TP53 gene which contains instructions to make a tumor protein 53 or P53.” 

Régis Has Documented His Family'S Fight Against Cancer Throughout The Years On Social Media

Régis has documented his family’s fight against cancer throughout the years on social media

The Brazilian Economist, Who Suffers From Chronic Leukemia And Non-Hodgkin'S Lymphoma, Has Blood Drawn During A Doctor'S Visit

The Brazilian economist, who suffers from chronic leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has blood drawn during a doctor’s visit

The P53 protein is a tumor controller. It can stop cells from growing too fast, or in a way that cannot be controlled before they become a tumor.  

The Cleveland Clinic states that if your TP53 gene is changed, your P53 protein instruction manual will also change. In other words, you lose the section about making P53. “Without proper functioning P53 proteins cells can become cancerous if they don’t divide properly.”

Régis, who is still receiving treatment for chronic leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said that he has never felt guilty for passing Li-Fraumeni syndrome and on to his three children.

“My children said I was just the same victim as them,” he stated. 

The father of a grieving child said that his family’s experience is not worse than any others. 

‘Today my view is that we have to live intensely, with the utmost joy,’ Régis said. “No one can feel the pain of another,” said my son.

“I don’t believe there is any bigger or smaller problem. But, the truth is that we can’t measure the pain caused by the other. 

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