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22 February 2013
Paul, you kow better than anyone that no dog's "fate is sealed".....your TJ beat the odds and di it without chemo. And Shilo might jist surprise you too.Realy hoe she can get n the study. Wish they allowed "petitions" as part of thekr "acceptance process"...Shil will be a shoe-in".
Be sure and tell them abot TJ...if they can thik with ther hearts AND their heads they'll let Shilo n!
Hoping the best for you!
Sally and Happy Hannah
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
30 May 2013
I am not the kind of person who doesn't see the reality of a situation. Shilo will die from cancer, just like TJ. Its not pessimism, but more like if you know how long the trip is, you know what to pack. I never gave up on TJ, and I will not love Shilo any less, but I cannot kid myself and not say, out loud, that Shilo will most likely die from cancer in the next year. Kinda like the old 'hope for the best, expect the worst' kinda deal.
As for Dr. Masons study its not the one Shilo is trying for. The one Dr. Mason is doing is for non-amp OS dogs and from what I remember (PLEASE don't quote me) is that the dog has to have a certain genetic trait.
Just learned that Dr. Mason now has another vaccine trial for dogs with early stage osteosarcoma who haven't had an amputation yet:
This new clinical trial uses a novel vaccine for dogs with bone cancer (osteosarcoma). Dr. Mason, an Assistant Professor of Medicine is evaluating the effect of combining a tumor-targeting vaccine with radiation therapy to treat dogs that cannot undergo amputation.
“In the past we have tested this vaccine to determine whether it can prevent spread of osteosarcoma in dogs that had undergone amputation and chemotherapy (the standard of care for dogs with osteosarcoma). The results were encouraging.
"Now we are evaluating whether the same vaccine can be used to treat the primary tumor as well as prevent spread of the disease into the lungs – that is, we are now treating dogs that cannot undergo amputation and follow up chemotherapy.”
The trial is unique – dogs are required to have a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of osteosarcoma, they receive 2 doses of radiation on 2 consecutive days and are then vaccinated once every 3 weeks for a total of 8 vaccines. There is no chemotherapy in this clinical protocol.
This great news story about Dr. Mason's osteosarcoma vaccine study aired on CNN in February. CNN won't let us embed the video so you'll have to click on the link to watch, but it's worth it!
2 August 2015