Jun 13, 2012
We talked to the Oncologist today regarding the chemo. We do not think we got more information than what the vet told us. Nobody can predict if the cancer will spread or not. The first biopsy was showing a high grade. The last one done from the glands removed was showing a low grade. That's why everybody says that it is a 50/50.
The Oncologist does not trust this type of cancer. It might appear again, nobody knows when and why. The chemo would not change this fact.
If the cancer decides to spread,
- without the chemo Lucy can be OK for 6 to 12 months.
- with the chemo, it would be from 18 months or more as the chemo would have slow the progress.
The new options that we can have, if we decide to skip the chemo, is to have Lucy being checked every 3 month. If the cancer spread, some chemo (or another operation) will be done, but the chemo will not be as powerful as if we did it now.
All the side effects from the links that Opus provided yesterday, are true and need to be considered (lost of appetite, gastrointestinal, some hair loss (the whiskers), drop in red and white cells due to the chemo affecting the bones. After the chemo, we would come home with the necessary medication to make Lucy as comfortable as possible and maybe some anti-biotics due to the side effect on her immune system.
The main question is (and that's what the Oncologist asked):
Would we blame ourselves if the cancer spread again and we would not have done the chemo?
If it spread again and we would have done the chemo, we would have the piece of mind that we did everything. We are not sure it would be a piece of mind and not blame ourselves that we put Lucy through more discomfort for nothing. We still have 2 weeks to make a decision. The Oncologist just gave us options and will not give us more advice or guide us one way or the other. We like that, but it does not make it easier. Lucy is really on the edge and there is no clear direction.
Lucy is doing outstanding. She is very active, eat well, use the litter regularly. She even seems to have more energy than before. She jumps on furniture, run, plays. It is good to see her like that. I don't think she should jump due to her stitches, but what can we do.