Good morning and happy Saturdane. It’s been a very busy and emotionally exhausting week for our family. By tomorrow I will have gone to a veterinarian 4 out of 7 days this week, including 2 times under anesthesia, 1 time under light sedation, a surgery, a CT scan, a fine needle aspiration with ultrasound, and hopefully drain removal (tomorrow 🤞🏼). And, I think we forgot to mention the other dane, due to already being overwhelmed, that grams’ uncle, my mom’s great uncle passed away on our drive home from my CT scan. Mom says that if the year 2019 was on Yelp, she would give it a 1 star review...my dogter said 0! As always, we thank you for your patience with us, as well as your unwavering support in all forms, be it emotionally, verbally, spiritually, financially, or in any other way. I know that many of you have been anxiously awaiting an update. Mom said she was just too tired last night to put something together that was coherent.
For now, we will try to explain, to the best of our ability and understanding, what we know right now. Yesterdane we told you that mom received a text from my dogter KJ in the morning. Dr. Johnson (KJ) texted mom that she had a phone call scheduled with a top oncologist, Dr. Ogilvie, before 9am and that she would call us with more info. She did call mom and sounded a bit more optimistic. She said that there is hope. She said it is a more cheerful prognosis than you’ll read on the internet, or in her oncology books. She went over my CT report with Dr. Ogilvie, and he said that he believes that we still have treatment options. He said, that even with a tumor as large as mine, and in the location that it is, surgery may still be an option, even if it’s to partially remove the tumor. In this case it has shown to add significant time to my prognosis. He said that we can also discuss another option. Mom doesn’t know all of the details, but it involves injecting the tumor with a substance which cuts off the blood supply to the tumor, therefore starving it and causing it to go into necrosis (it kills the tissue and it dies) and we believe it may be in combination with chemo and radiation but ...continued in comments.