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22 July 2017 - 5:56 pm
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Hi there Kerren,

I've read some of your forum replies and they are so helpful! My 11 year old kitty Maceo has a fibrosarcoma on his trapezius (left shoulder / neck area), and just finished day 3 out of 20 days of radiation treatment at UC Davis.

After that, he will be a candidate for amputation. The surgical oncologist told us that he strongly recommended radiation before surgery in Maceo's case, due to the size, shape and location of the tumor. He will probably need to remove the entire scapula.

Is this what Mona had as well? You mentioned "leg and shoulder" so I was wondering if Mona also had the amputation at / including the scapula. She looks great.

We still have a long way to go, and I am giving him superdoses of Turkey Tail and other medicinal mushrooms (aside from the turkey tail, I also give him a blend that has reishi, lion's mane, and a bunch of others -- it's called Stamets 7), along with IP6, Chinese herbs, and transfer factor. I'm hoping this will keep his immune system up, and keep further cancer growth at bay.

I would love to hear more about your experience. Do you have a blog here in Tripawds? 

Thank you very much.

-Susan

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22 July 2017 - 9:16 pm
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Susan thanks for sharing Maceo's story. Back in the a.m. with some thoughts...

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23 July 2017 - 5:32 am
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Hello Susan
l am sorry Maceo & you are dealing with a fibrosarcoma.
I know Kerren was going on Vacation but not sure when that started?
I will provide some links for you & hopefully these will be of help.
Kerren does have a blog  Mona

Have you seen the forum below yet? Vaccine Associated Sarcoma - Fibrosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma

Our cat Purrkins had his front left leg amputated a year ago from a soft tissue sarcoma ,he had his left front leg & scapula removed!
If you want to Look at Purrkins blog Purrkins

Hopefully these will help and just add any questions you may have and hopefully we can all be of some help!
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Hi Holly,

Thank you so much for your kind and fast response on this thread. I didn't realize Purrkins also had the scapula removed -- glad to hear it's not so uncommon as I previously thought. The surgeon said that cats' scapulas sit more flat against their body, unlike humans where it sticks out horizontally, so a removal won't necessarily be like cutting off half his upper body! 

We are still a long ways out from surgery though -- he has 17 more days of radiation, not including weekends. We have been seeing a couple of different holistic vets for acupuncture (though SO expensive, but does seem to help with mood, pain, and appetite) and herbs. As mentioned, I'm doing a lot of supplements every day, including turkey tail, Stamets 7, a common Chinese blend called Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan, and transfer factor (sometimes I use a blend called Transfer Factor Feline Complete from the 4Life brand, and sometimes I just use a human-grade transfer factor with no other added ingredients, also from the same brand).

Needless to say, I've become an expert in foods that are good for hiding supplements... 

Your Purrkins looks amazing! Can't tell at all that he doesn't have a shoulder blade 🙂 The missing arm is a bit more obvious, but doesn't detract at all from him being handsome.

I actually read your blog some weeks ago, and it inspired me to try a onesie on Maceo, just as a test 😀 

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Sadly and frustratingly, in Maceo's case, he hasn't had a vaccine since under age 1, and he is now 11. He has, however, had other shots -- subcutaneous fluids, antibiotics, and Adequan (for athritis) -- that a well-regarded medical oncologist here in the SF Bay Area told us can also cause injection site sarcomas in some cats. So who knows. I've moved past the "If only I had / it had..." phase, and am just focused on helping Maceo eat his food and supplements, and stay away from his catheter IV. Luckily no catheter on the weekends, so he is a free kitty! 

I'd be lying if I said I'm not worried about the surgery. It seems really terrible to get dragged to the clinic and then wake up without your arm. I've debated with myself whether or not cats desire to keep living the way we humans do, or whether he'd rather just keep his arm and his normal life, come what may of the cancer. 

In the end, we decided that we have to do *something*, and so that implies a certain path -- radiation, then surgery. I do have my doubts though. "Is it natural?" "Is that what he wants?" etc etc. 

Anyway, I'll go back to reading your and Kerren's blogs, and super appreciate all the knowledge and support here.

  

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Hey Susan and Maceo, welcome. I'm so glad you registered as a member, now your posts will automatically appear. Please start a new topic all about Maceo so we can better assist in your journey OK? You definitely have a lot of info to share, especially:

Needless to say, I've become an expert in foods that are good for hiding supplements...

Do tell! Maybe hop over to Eating Healthy and share the details?

Meanwhile, you are in an excellent place for care. You may have even crossed paths with some Bay Area Tripawds members, we have a handful who have also undergone treatment at UCD over the last few weeks. And kudos for doing a really great job with the research and how you're helping him boost his immune system. I just read that yep, other injections can cause sarcomas like this, and in fact vets are now referring to these types of tumors as Injection Site Sarcomas (ISS) instead of Vaccine Associated Sarcomas, because not all of them are caused by vaccines.  Apparently cats are more susceptible to skin damage from injections, which sometimes leads to tumors like Maceo's.

I'm so sorry you found yourself here but glad that you posed. I'll see you in Maceo's topic OK?

And by the way he is GORGEOUS!

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23 July 2017 - 11:14 am
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Susan, I did reply to your questions on Purrkins blog winkerI am glad you posted pictures of Maceo !! He is really handsome guy!!

 I am sorry this is injection site sarcoma! Cats & their Immune System over react leads to inflammation leads to cancer!! Just stinks!

The onesie went well too! Fantastic good trial run for the big day! 

I'd be lying if I said I'm not worried about the surgery. It seems really terrible to get dragged to the clinic and then wake up without your arm. I've debated with myself whether or not cats desire to keep living the way we humans do, or whether he'd rather just keep his arm and his normal life, come what may of the cancer. 

It is a very scary time being worried is normal! We all think those thoughts! I can tell you with Purrkins he would rather be living and is without his arm & scapula! Purrkins is the same happy kitty on 3 actually he is a happier kitty on 3!

Recovery is no fun but you will get thru it we will help you guys get thru it! I think try to focusing now on one day at a time right now and get thru the radiation. Keep Maceo eating!!! 

We will look forward to Maceo having his own thread (new topic) 

Hugs!

Chin & ear scratches to Maceo! 

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I love the pics showing dogs can still enjoy their bones. I wondered how LB would enjoy his bully sticks. Ohhhh, you mention bully stick and that boy will do whatever you want.

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tiffyshea72 said
I love the pics showing dogs can still enjoy their bones...

Not sure if this blast from the past aver made it into this topic...

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