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Week 1 - Chemotherapy

October 8th 2009 4:02 pm
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Continued from my diary entry earlier today.....

I'm back from meeting Dr. Shaw and ate a whole bowl of food. I was so hungry!

Our consultation visit went well and we like Dr. Shaw so far. It was a very honest meeting where we discussed Lymphoma and the treatment options. Mom did tell him about all the people and pals praying for me and asked him if he had any pets. He told us he recently had a dog that passed away and was looking for another one. She was going to also tell him that he was being referred to as the Wizard in my life, but the mood was a bit somber at the time and we had to get down to serious business.

I am under a treatment referred to as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Lymphoma Protocol, a dose intense rotating sequential combination of medicine. I received my first dose of Asparaginase (Elspar) today, which sounds like a vegetable! It took a couple of hours so my parents went out for lunch. When they came to pick me up, I dragged the technician all the way to the front lobby and got super excited upon seeing them! They said I was very good during treatment as long as I was being petted.

The only thing that scared me while I was there was a little poodle who walked in with a cone around his head! I saw a couple of three-leggers while I was there too.

I have a weekly treatment schedule to start with on Thursdays. My Dad will be taking me for treatment and said he's not letting work get in the way of this. Mom will be the back-up as needed. The remaining medicines I'll be getting will include Vincristine, Cyclophosphamide, and Adriamycin, along with Prednisone. I also have some other medications in case I have any side effects like vomiting.

I only had to fast for this appointment for precautionary reasons but I won't have to fast before getting future treatments, and I'm happy about that!

Dr. Shaw didn't feel I needed to change my diet and said I can resume activities as usual, but not to overdo it. That means I get to go see my pals at the dog park so they know I am okay and so I can be happy. Mom says when she takes me she's going to drive me from now on to make it easier on me and also so that I associate car rides with good things.

We are still waiting on the results of my phenotyping to find out if I have B cell or T cell Lymphoma. B type is more treatable but won't change the protocol.


Barked by: Sophie Bean Schnoodle (Dogster Member)

October 8th 2009 at 4:33 pm

I pray it is the B cell type so that you get all better faster. I am sure your Mommy knows that the Prednisone is gonna turn you into a lean mean peeing machine. I was flooding out the house when I was on it.
You are so lucky your Mommy & Daddy wuvs you so much. It sounds like you are a Daddy's boy. How great that Daddy is not letting work get in the way with your treatments.
Stay strong my friend, keep that tail wagging and never stop dancing for your cats.
Wuv & Praying for you!
Barked by: ♥ Sasha ♥ (Dogster Member)

October 8th 2009 at 7:36 pm

Oh Sweetie we are SO praying for you to get better. You are such a beautiful pup with great Pawrents....

I know Cosmo is watching over you making sure that you keep dancing for those kitties..

Barked by: Wendy G

October 8th 2009 at 8:22 pm

Yu dance fur yur kitties??? WOW, Quincy!! I wood jus' wanna chase dem!!

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))) )))))))))))))))))))) tu yu an' yur fambly frum me, Zaidie, an' my Momma, tu.
Barked by: Rocky (Dogster Member)

October 9th 2009 at 7:08 am

Autumn and I are sending prayers to you, Quincy, and hoping that the chemo kills those nasty cancer cells! We both think you have a couple of pawsome nurses in your Mom and Dad, and make sure you let them wait on you everyday - you deserve it!




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