When Lori Rovito noticed that her 6-month-old daughter had a droopy eyelid and an abnormally small pupil on one side, she took her to an eye doctor.
Advised to put the baby, Dena, through further testing, she sought a second opinion at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"There was no discussion about it being cancer," Rovito recalled.
Dena saw a neurologist and underwent an MRI.
"The day I went for the results, I found out she had cancer at 2 p.m. and at 2:30, I was meeting with the oncologist," Rovito recalled.
In rapid succession, she also saw the surgeon and the financial aid workers.
"That's how quickly they moved because of the severity of this type of cancer," she said.
Dena had neuroblastoma, a cancer of the sympathetic nerves. Doctors surgically removed 66 percent of the tumor, which is in her neck beside the spinal column.