Friday, 31 May 2013

An Update On My Mast Cell Tumours

Woof! Woof!

As it’s been a while since I blogged, I thought I would give you an update on my health condition. You may remember that I have been diagnosed as having Mast Cell Tumours.

Following a number of consultations after my initial diagnosis, my humans decided to put me on Palladia. This is a chemo drug, specially formulated to treat animals, which is supposed to kill tumour cells and cut off the blood supply to the tumours.

There are two tumours on my body – one on my right shoulder blade and the other next to my front left paw pad. My humans and my vet hope that the Palladia will get rid of them.

I have now been taking my medication for the past three months. Unfortunately, I can’t say it’s been smooth sailing. There have been days when I have experienced side effects such as a decrease in appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and blood in my stools. Whenever I get such symptoms, my humans have to stop the medication and wait for my body to recover. Once my health has been restored, I am able to resume taking my chemo drugs.

I’ve attached a couple of photos of the nasty tumours. The Missus feels that they have not changed from the time before I started taking Palladia. My vet, on the other hand, believes that the one located next to my paw pad has improved.

What do you think?

OK my lovely readers. I shall leave you with a booti-ful photo of Yours Truly. I hope you’ll like it. ☺




My Life in Blog Years said...

Hi Homer,

I do think they look smaller, but it's really hard to tell from a photo. I do hope you get better soon!

Anonymous said...

Homer, I see the improvement and I'm praying for healing and strength for you and your humans... Loves and licks Punky PS you are very handsome Homer!

bethany ogdon said...

Homer, you look wonderful and those tumors do look like they have decreased A LOT. I hope I get to meet you some day!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We don't know much about how those drugs work, Homer,but we sure do hope they help you get rid of the evil tumors. We keep our paws crossed for you to have good health once again.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Jake of Florida said...

Dear Homer,

We're so sad you and your family have to experience this, but we know what a brave boy you are (in addition to being exceedingly handsome and kind).

We're sending you lots of wirey zen to help the chemo along and give your humans some calm along the way

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

The Life of Riley said...

Hi Homer,

It is really good to see your smiling face again, and to know that your tumors aren't getting bigger. Our paws are crossed that the medicine is working and your vet is right about seeing an improvement.

Love and woofs to you and your family,
Riley and Enzo

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Better fur sure!!!

PeeEssWoo: I'm still swooning ovFUR the last pikhture!

Scout and Freyja said...

Oh, sweetheart, they DO look better, they really, really DO! Sending many and many smoochies to you♥.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Homer, we have been thinking of you mate. We think the tumours look smaller. We're sorry you haven't been well with the treatment and will keep our paws crossed you are soon feeling better. Sending you all our hugs and smoochie kisses too! No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory (and Carol)

Mitch and Molly said...

They do look smaller to us! Continued AireZen for you, Homer!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Angus said...

Homer - We know what you're going through. It looks like one of the tumours is smaller. That's got to be progress.

Sam said...

You are handsome, Homer! We think they look a little better, but it is hard to tell in the photos. Can your people give you something like Prilosec (human med) to help combat the side effects?


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I missed this post originally, and so I hope that the improvement has continued--We send healthy and healing thoughts from our corner of Virginia!! Take care, and let us know how it's going!!!

NelsonandBoober said...

Hi Homer
They do look abit smaller. Tell the Missus to look into Avemar(Immunity4pets)
It has been very beneficial in alot of cancers including mass cell tumors. Our mom has Boober on it for her nasal carcinoma and I'm using it also for preventative measures as I've had one mass cell tumor also.
Nelson and Boober

River said...

My Mom & I think you look better. We hope it will keep working for you. I never tried Palladia. There have been some great successes with it although like any chemo thing it has side effects. We wish you great success with it.

River the beagle

Luccagoldenretriever said...

Hi Homer,

The tumor seems to look a little smaller. Keeping you in prayers!