We dropped Sadie off this morning at 7:30 am with Dr. Chretin. Dr. called with her blood results (poor Sadie needs a light bit of sedation just so they can take blood); they don’t know how to deal with Her Majesty. White count normal but while sedated doctor felt her body. The tumor on the left side of her throat is a bit smaller but there is a small lump on the right side of her throat and a lump in her shoulder. We elected to go with “rescue chemo” a pill called CCNU (lomustine) which is an anticancer drug that is used to treat some types of cancers, especially lymphomas, brain tumors and mast cell tumors.
In talking with Dr. Chretin after the blood work and prior to the administration of this pill, we decided that since Sadie has not had success with shot-based chemo the last several times, we are afraid she again will not respond well to another round of shot-based chemo. To give her another chemo shot at this time and have her not respond well would be a waste of valuable treatment time. Giving her the “rescue pill” now will hopefully give us a bit of a head start. The pill if successful is administered once a month for a specified length of time.
She is to see Dr. Chretin next Wednesday for bloods and an exam and then hopefully will not have to go back for another three weeks after that. We are to examine the lumps daily to be sure they are not growing.
Sadie was very happy to be home this afternoon. I fed her canned food right away, then she had a drink of water and then the dry food. She is beautiful, chatty and seems happy to be home. We are happy to have our girl home and pray she will be happy and well at home for a long time.