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#346970 - 02/15/18 11:01 AM Re: Mars radiation [Re: Mary Jane]
Shilohsmom Offline
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You better believe that my thoughts and prayers are with our sweet Mars and his wonderful family. I'll write more later but am sending my love for now. hugging
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and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
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#346972 - 02/15/18 11:15 AM Re: Mars radiation [Re: Mary Jane]
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Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
...You have to understand, Mars is almost himself. He loves his walks and eats pretty well...


I know you are putting Mars front and center in your decisions and with him doing so well with treatment, that has to be a relief for you.

I am sending loads of good thoughts and cancer killing wishes!

Btw, Max would never play with me either...
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#346975 - 02/15/18 11:43 AM Re: Mars radiation [Re: MaxaLisa]
SeanRescueMom Offline
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All my good thoughts and prayers are being sent forward to Mars. The radiation oncologist obviously knows what a special dog he truly is. hugging
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#346978 - 02/15/18 12:00 PM Re: Mars radiation [Re: SeanRescueMom]
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Sending healing and fighting vibes to help Mars.
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Neilla the Big White puppy.

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RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11

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#346980 - 02/15/18 12:49 PM Re: Mars radiation [Re: MaxaLisa]
PositiveDog Offline
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Good job, Mars. You and your family are doing a great job.
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#347014 - 02/17/18 05:09 PM Re: Mars radiation [Re: PositiveDog]
Mary Jane Offline
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Guys-I think it's working-you are powerful!

Mars was full of beans Friday. He enjoyed more than 2 hours of walks and [big drum roll] played ball.

Who knows what influences what. I am just thrilled to my soul that he had a really good day.

thank you for everything,
MJ

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#347015 - 02/17/18 05:48 PM Re: Mars radiation [Re: Mary Jane]
Shilohsmom Offline
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Our prayers are being answered smile I'm so happy for you all. I know what its like when we see our pups playing ball again and how that warms our hearts. I'm so happy Mars is enjoying both walks and playing ball!!!! fetch He is one amazing pup and you are such a wonderful Mom!!!
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Rosa

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Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!

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#347130 - 03/10/18 10:42 AM New oncologist-new approach [Re: Shilohsmom]
Mary Jane Offline
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Mars did really well on radiation and the tumor shrank, but radiation is limited. We decided to visit another oncologist from an animal cancer center. His attitude was quite different and welcome. He laid out several possibilities and we will try two: rapamycin and another protein kinase inhibitor (with a terrible name I can't remember) that work together on some sarcomas. These are given orally at home.

Also, a real shot in the dark, they will use Mars' biopsy from September to evaluate tumor gene expression and tumor DNA sequence to look for over-expression or mutation of oncogenes or actually any target of chemotherapy. The idea is if you can find a reasonable target in your dog for which a therapy exists, then you try that therapy.

We'll see. Meanwhile Mars is just great-happy, active, full of life crossedfingers crossedfingers crossedfingers crossedfingers crossedfingers crossedfingers crossedfingers.

MJ





Edited by Mary Jane (03/10/18 10:42 AM)

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#347132 - 03/10/18 02:24 PM Re: New oncologist-new approach [Re: Mary Jane]
Shilohsmom Offline
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Mars is such a lucky dog and such a sweetheart. I so hope this new doctor and treatment plan goes really well. I'm sending lots and lots of healing prayers his way. It sounds like he's enjoying his life to the fullest which has to warm your heart.
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Rosa

Proud Mom to Eli and Kodiak
and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!

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#347134 - 03/10/18 06:50 PM Re: New oncologist-new approach [Re: Shilohsmom]
Woodreb Offline
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I think I remember reading a bit about the protein kinase inhibitors after we lost Aodhán. It sounded like a pretty promising avenue for treatments.
I hope Mars does well on the new treatment plan.
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Ciara(aka Ciara Belle, Black Devil)

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