Thanks Melinda, I appreciate your feedback. Yes, I feel like what have I got to lose at this point...(besides my $ which doesn't mean anything compared to him). I am very lucky to live near the ER vet clinic which has specialists and the oncologist just started last week replacing one who moved away....so she spent 1.5+ hours with us discussing options today and getting to know Spanky and his history.
Which chemo protocol is Fuji on? Are you on the lymphoma list also? Several people use the AC-11 by Solgar for the kitties to increase the WBC. I bought some and my vet wanted to see some info on it. Let me know if you want more info. Good luck to you and Fuji also.Sending healing waves to you!!! Thanks again Stacy and Spanky Message: 8 Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2010 09:16:00 +0900 From: Melinda Kerr <msk...@me.com> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Spanky has large cell lymphoma Message-ID: <36a7ada8-c5c3-4cff-a860-41bca4e40...@me.com> Content-Type: text/plain; CHARSET=US-ASCII Stacy, I am sorry to hear your outcome. Since I am currently going through the same thing I can understand all of your concerns. It looks like his WBC count is OK, my vet would definitely do a treatment with it that high! You have the added benefit of having an oncologist at your disposal. If she recommends a chemo protocol, I would definitely give it a try. As someone else said, you really don't have anything to lose. Through all of my research, I have found that because the chemo is such a low dose, it causes very few immediate side affects. At best, you will shrink the tumor and prolong his life, making him more comfortable in the process. At worst, it won't work and he will continue as is causing you to possibly have to make a decision about letting him go. As someone who has had a positive experience, I highly encourage the chemo. Only you and Spanky can decide what is best for him. I've heard many people say that he will let you know when he is ready to move on. As for myself and my Fuji cat, I believe I may be learning as well. She was due to go in today to have her blood tested, which the vet does by starting an IV (she doesn't much care for it.) If her WBC count is high enough she would get another treatment. Historically, over the last 2 months that count has been very low. Right now she is eating, playing, purring and last night even slept with my husband and I (she only does that when she feels good!) I have decided to wait until next week to take her in. It will give her a longer recovery period, increasing her chances of having another treatment. Otherwise, she would go through the test for nothing and have to return in 10 days for another test. In the past, I've rushed to get her in hoping for the best and being disappointed when she couldn't be treated. I think she will be happier this way. I wish you the best of luck. Melinda, Fuji and baby VooDoo _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org