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Bad news at the vets yesterday. Cody was at UW-Wis for his 3rd Chemo and I got the dreaded call, they found visible lung mets. Emotionally, I am back to square one but I know I have to keep positive for Cody. They are suggesting a new clinical trial chemo drug that maybe Pam will know something about. I’ll have to pop in for the question and answer time tomorrow. The trial is brand new and only in first phase. That kind of scares us. I’ll update later. I have the paperwork at home…can’t remember the new drugs name. The tumors were still very small but visable which means his carboplatin didn’t do the job we had hoped. Of course, the usual prognosis of 1-2 months is what they tell you but times can vary…ya da, ya da…it’s all a blur for me right now through these tears and once again Jerry’s example after he got the same news holds out hope that maybe, if we are lucky Cody will beat some of those odds too. He is so full of life and energy that I hope I can gather the strength I need to make the right decisions and provide the best quality of life for him.
Cathy and Cody
25 April 2007
The trial is brand new and only in first phase. That kind of scares us.
Ask yourself this: As scary as what can happen with no treatment?
And consider that whatever happens with a clinical trial, your results and the data provided are priceless.
We’re so sorry to hear about Cody’s lung mets, and are certain the vets are telling you their worst case prognosis. Hang in there and keep us updated.
We signed him up this afternoon. I called to ask more questions about the trial and there was only one spot left. It’s Cody’s. Cancer is a terrible disease and if we can be a part of something that may help all of us be one step closer to learning how to control or eradicate cancer someday, what a wonderful legacy that would be for our Cody. They assured us that if he has any serious side effects (which they don’t anticipate) or if we decide his quality of life is compramised in any way that we can pull out at any time. So we take a deep breath, cherish every day and forge ahead in this journey. I’m afraid to get my hopes up, but you never know, this new chemo may work for our baby and many others to come!
22 August 2008
I am so sorry to hear about Cody!
I have heard of a new drug similiar to adriamycin that some oncologists have tried. Let me know the name and I will see what I can find out.
Tazzie is due for her third chemo this Sunday and then I wil xray her chest. I am kind of afraid to do it, since I know the cancer could be there even now. All we can do is make each day as loving as possible for our furry kids.
Pam and Tazzie
25 April 2008
Cathy & Cody,
I want you to know how brave I think you are for giving the trial a chance. Like you said if this has any adverse effects then you should have a plan B set up. I went on the universities site looking for info.. please let us know. I’m sorry about the lung mets, but lets be hopeful that it will keep it at bay and give Cody a fighten chance. We are in your corner!!
Your in our prayers..
Ps Pam & Tazzie …thinking of you also for a clear x-ray!
Kim & Angel Buster
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
9 October 2008
I am so very sorry to hear about Cody’s recent chest x-ray. What dreadful news… news that every single one of us will inevitably hear at one point in our journey with our most beloved tripawds with Osteosarcoma. I too admire your strength and ability to forge ahead with faith, hope and a positive attitude. This terrible disease certainly has a way of humbling me and teaching me to never take anything for granted when it comes to those beings that I love in my life. We certainly hope and pray that this new clinical trial chemo drug has a positive effect on Cody and all furry pals for that matter!
Luv Spirit Jake, Smooch, Baby Gus & Mom (Sherri)
28 May 2008
Cathy – what a gift you are giving to not only Cody, but to all the others who will face this horrible disease. THANK YOU – it takes an enormous amout of strength, courage and love to do what you are doing.
We’re so sorry to hear the news…please know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish each moment..I know you will…you never know where this journey will lead and how long it will take.
Heather and Zeus
Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together
Thank you for all your kind words and support. It’s huge!! To Pam, this new drug does not have a name yet. The trial for it was released only a few weeks ago. It is a sister drug to GS929…which basically is another clinical trial chemo drug with no name. The sister drug was used with good success primarily for lymphoma where as this new formulation is supposed to more effectively target other types of tumors such as those associated with osteosarcoma. Thanks again everyone! Love you guys!!!
Cathy & Cody
16 February 2008