Thursday, December 20, 2007

Duncan testing and...

OK ~ if you've heard any part of this before, just keep reading...

Duncan, our LH Doxie, has been diagnosed with what is probably a cancerous tumor.The MRI is pretty impressive! It began in a nasal sinus, and has infiltrated thru the bone, and into the brain (hence the seizures he developed last Sat.) We've taken him to the WSU vet med. school, which is about 3.5 hours east of us. We'll be taking him home first thing tomorrow morning, and then bringing him back Tuesday afternoon ~ depending on what the biopsy results show (the quick smear was inconclusive), he'll start a 3 week course of palliative radiation therapy. (It's inoperable). He'll have to stay here for that, but the vet students here take turns boarding the "long term" patients, so he doesn't have to be in a kennel the whole time. Also, we can come visit anytime, or take him home for weekends. That will depend on how our weather is.
Again, depending on the type of cancer it is, and how aggressive it is, the prognosis with radiation is 6 months to a year; maybe a bit longer. Without the treatment ~ soon.

As you can imagine, this has taken a lot out of Jim and I (not to mention poor Pooper!) Right now, I'm thankful for whatever time we have left with him.
Time for a nice long soak in the tub now...

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