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Archive for December, 2009


5th & Final Round of Chemo

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Glad to report that we’re almost through with the chemo treatments.  Tomorrow will be the last one.  We went to A & M today for a day of tests (ultrasound, xrays, blood tests, etc..) and there is no sign of cancer except for two broken ribs which can’t be explained.  Toby hasn’t had any accident that would cause this so my fear is that the cancer has gotten into his bones and made them break.  The vet couldn’t explain it other than to say that dogs that undergo amputation are more prone to broken bones.   I don’t get it.  To know for sure would require a bone biopsy which is very painful and would require general anesthesia.  The type of chemo drug that would then be prescribed is VERY expensive and there is not much evidence that it would even do any good.  For now, we’re going to just assume he broke them in a fall which may have occurred when we weren’t home or the worse – the cancer has spread.

He acts like he feels great.  He’s happy and active and doesn’t appear to be in any pain.  Enjoying every day is our goal.

I’ll take him back for more xrays in a month to see if there are any new developments.

Happy New Year to all,

Tina


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