Our Last Hope…
Cody’s glands, especially the nasty one on his right side of his neck are huge. The others are slower to grow apparently but this one is getting bigger and bigger by the day. I hate them all but especially this big bastard. I nuzzle his neck and talk to it and tell it how much I hate it. Cody leans into me as if he is reinforcing what I am saying. “Yeah you tell ‘em Mom!”
I talked to Dr Butzer, actually stopped int o talk to him yesterday, and asked about the vaccine from the ImmuneFX company… he has been talking to them and it would cost about $1500.00. He says it will cost no more than that and that does include the surgery to take the node. The big bastard. And we are going to do it. As I was leaving the office after scheduling the surgery with him he said as he was walking out of the room that he will have to be brave since it is Cody. I love this man, have I mentioned that? I know Cody is in the best hands there are, and that gives me all the confidence I need.
I have been meaning to make a diagram of where to locate your dog’s lymph nodes so that you readers can check them yourself, but I keep forgetting to do it. Here is a terrible one but maybe this will inspire me to make a better one… at least this gives you the idea:
And this is Cody’s node a few days ago, it is even bigger now:
Cody will go in Monday morning, Memorial Day, at 9am and in an hour he will be put out with gas, the node popped out and he will be sutured up. The gas is something that worries me but not like a shot since, if he has any issues the gas is removed and he wakes up within about a minute. Butzer says it leaves his body right away. I do not want him put out with a shot, I remember all too well the tranquilizer they gave him his very first chemo dose and I will never do that to him again. He HOWLED! He felt awful the entire rest of the day and it tore my heart out. The gas is quick and easy and again, leaves his body almost immediately.
Then we will put him on antibiotics and watch him for the next couple days making sure he does not scratch the sutures and heals ok. The nodes are shipped in a sealed iced container to Veterinary Oncology Services in Tampa and they use his specific Cancer to create a vaccine for him personally.
It is a long shot. It is most likely too new of science to really work… but they have been having great results apparently. But for me… it is my last hope. I look at this damn nodes when they come back and as soon as I notice them I start the clock ticking. It is about 6-8 weeks and then he goes… our time is now. The turnaround time for the vaccine is about a week or two. Perfect.
After this… I will have tried EVERYTHING. I will sleep well knowing I did everything to save him. I have to try… if not just for him and for me but for all you readers who have sent me emails or posts saying you are going through canine cancer as well. What if it works? It seems so sensible! Allowing the body to fight the cancer? Your OWN body fighting your own cancer! YES!
I can not help but be excited at the possibility. The chemo, although it gave us so much time, did not even give him a real remission. He has been a toxic doggie for almost a year and a half and this new treatment is non-toxic. Again I have to try… and he wants to stay with me. He is not ready to go yet and I am again going to do everything I can to help him stay. I made him a promise.
So that is where we are… getting ready for surgery Monday morning and hoping for the best. I will keep you posted.
To read more about this procedure check the links above and this one too.