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Bear-Shaped Dog Update.

Posted on 2007.02.15 at 17:20


Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-02-17 20:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Isha!

I'm actually very optimistic, at this point. Based on my research, this is a cancer that has a very low rate of metastasis. If the Vet had been able to achieve the kinds of margins the standards call for -- if I've read this correctly -- we'd be all done now. On a limb, gettig those margins is damned near impossible, but I think all it means is that the same soret of tumor is likely to grow back.

Radiation is, I'm told, quite expensive, and I may be unable to afford it. But it looks to me like a worst-case scenario is amputation, and while I'm certainly not going to claim that that would be a good thing, I've known lots of thoroughly happy tripod dogs.
isha_libran at 2007-02-17 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're so optimistic! I'm sure everything will work out. =)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-02-18 00:57 (UTC) (Link)
I tend to believe Albert Camus: "Happiness, too, is inevitable."
sarahenany at 2007-02-18 08:45 (UTC) (Link)

Oh, sweetie!

I guess you've gone to bed. I am trying to access my Hotmail, and it's shut down - I think the problem is from their end, as both IE and Opera won't open it. I know you did tell me where you live, but I can't remember right now... am frantically searching your website. So if you read this, please reply right here, just city and state, pretty please?

Plus - having read this, yeah, I support your optimism. Back in 1993, my dad had a local carcinoma in his tongue - malignant and all - and it was pretty darn big, too, over 2.5 cm - and he had it out and a bit of radiotherapy, but anyhow, it didn't metastize,even though it had been there for seven months. And he's still alive and well today, no recurrence or anything (touch wood). The doc said that the type of carcinoma that's local *really* doesn't metastize unless you ignore it for years and years.

So, a dose of realistic optimism there.

And, um? "I knew when I met ehr at the animal shelter two and a half years ago that we were in this for the long haul. I won't be hanging in there any the less now."

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-02-18 08:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, sweetie!

I guess you've gone to bed.

And gotten back up again!

I live in Pepperell, Massachusetts.

(And, please take a look at that listing to see the postage, BTW!)

Thanks so much for the good thoughts about Mandy. She's such a joy to me -- although she's, you should pardon the expression, in teh dog-house right now, for removing her bandages and licking her incision. I had to put her back in the cone! Aaaargh!
isha_libran at 2007-02-18 10:50 (UTC) (Link)
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