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Update on Roscoe
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6 July 2015 - 10:25 am
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We saw the oncologist this morning at Dogwood (Sally, it was Dr. Waite and she was good). She was very optimistic about removal of the tumor when she saw it, particularly when he was having a breathing fit and I manually moved the tumor just a tad and he could get a good breath (her eyes almost popped out of her head); however, her surgeon did not feel the same way. The surgeon felt that the tumor may be too attached to his ribs and she didn't want to operate. It looks like the tumor has gone into the chest cavity but she felt that the main tumor was under the scapula at the amputation site. Until we have the CT scan we won't know for sure. Dr. Waite still felt he could be a candidate so she has referred us to their Northern Virginia Office at "The Oncology Service"  b/c they have radiation and an aggressive doctor (Dr. Gordon). Dr. Waite talked with him via phone today and he will have his team and the CT scan ready for us Wednesday morning at 9am. She also did the consult for him (saving us a bunch of money b/c his consult fee is apparently very expensive). He requested blood work and a tissue sample which they did today. She said that it is definitely presenting as a malignant soft tissue sarcoma, but we won't know for sure until the tissue sample is examined. 

I feel pretty confident that we are headed in the right direction. There is still a chance that they may feel surgery is not appropriate due to how it's placed but even if so it's possible they may try to shrink it and then remove it. We just don't know at this point. She also said she thinks he's a young dog, so there is also hope just in that alone. 

Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to pay for this. I'm still paying Jake's off way-confused 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

Norene, TN
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6 July 2015 - 12:58 pm
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Bless your heart. I can't imagine all the emotions you're going through. I don't know what I would do if I had to deal with a serious illness with either of my quadpaws, still reeling over losing Harmony.

And the financial blow seems to be insult to injury. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

pam

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey

Westminster, MD
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6 July 2015 - 2:33 pm
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Elizabeth, I was thinking about you, Eric and Rosco all day yesterday, and last night...... everything on this updated post sounds very positive to me, sounds like all your vets are really on top of things for your little buddy. Take one day at a time, and go with your instincts.

I know the money part can be really trying on many of us, but things will work themselves out in the long run, one way or the other so don't get too bogged down by this part of it........ If there's a will, there's a way.

Thanks for updating with us, I am keeping you in my continuing thoughts and prayers, and remember that we all love you.....

{{{Hugs}}} and Love, 

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu

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I too, have had you all on my mind. Have you ever thought of a go fund me? Everyone LOVES Roscoe and he is a Facebook star. Just a thought. I think he was sent to you because he would get such Great care and loving. You are so in tune with the little guy that you know moving the tumor helps him breathe. What love! I am glad you got in with the specialist so quickly. Thinking of you, Lori, Ty & Gang

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

Los Angeles, CA
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6 July 2015 - 3:35 pm
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I don't know if you have or heard of a 'care credit card'... it's a special credit card that has low or no interest rates for a set amount of time to help manage health related financial issues. It does work for dogs. Most vets accept it. I had it for Shelby and it really helped but she did set me back more than I want to think about  and it took a good amount of time (after she passed) to pay it off.

Also the 'go-fund' is a good idea. 

Hugs!!!

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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6 July 2015 - 5:04 pm
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Wow that's a great sounding update, I love the way Dr. Waite thinks, and that she works with Dr. Gordon. There are some oncologists who are willing to push the boundaries of medicine and those are my heroes. You just never know until you try right?  Sure sounds like you are in great hands there. Expensive hands, but great. I know these choices and costs are so difficult. I'm guessing no insurance on Roscoe?

We'll be thinking of you this week so keep us posted.

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