Yesterday’s appointment with Jackie’s oncologist was long – literally and emotionally. The very real conversation of what options we have left was sobering and painful.
We returned to the original chemo – Vinblastine, however, another option was put on the table. We can now do radiation. Having this option available is not really a good sign. It’s the choice that opens up when a tumor is so large is causes discomfort. It is not a cure. Nothing for Jackie at this point is a cure.
Only two places in our area provide canine radiation. We will probably go for a consultation but at this point we are coming to terms with the limited time we have left with him.
I wish I had a magic cure that could make this all go away but mostly I wish there was more awareness of mass cell cancer. I wish I knew back then as much as I know now – not just about Jackie’s current health but about his disease. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to have that little lump removed.
Doggie Bucket List: Swim in the ocean. Labor Day Weekend 2014
Jackie’s blog has remained silent for a long time. There is a reason. I told myself I would keep this space a positive place. I wanted to spare the web another blog spelling out the heartache of a sick dog – specifically the heartache of a dog with a high grade MCT. I hoped this blog would be the tale of an impossible recovery.
The past 6 weeks of Jackie’s life have not been good. In an attempt to find a maintenance medication, we switched him from Vinblastine to CCNU. That didn’t work. We then tried palladia for a month. During that time the tumor grew and Jackie experienced terrible side effects. In the hope the medication would kick in after a few weeks, we persevered. The tumor doesn’t seem to be getting any bigger (at least for the past week).
The most concerning part of the last 4 weeks has been the decline in Jackie’s quality of life. He can no longer stand for more than a few seconds. He can no longer climb the stairs. He can no longer go for walks.
Today we have a follow up visit with his oncologist. I hope returning to the original treatment plan will restore his sparkle.