Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Hello everyone.  I apologize for the fact that I have not visited your blogs and commented recently.  I will definitely do better in the coming days, if nothing else goes wrong.  We found out two and a half weeks ago that Duncan has cancer and he's going to die.  We were so shocked -- it was very hard to process.  He's only seven years old.  I mentioned a while ago that we were taking him to a specialist because he wasn't using his left rear leg when walking.  Based on what our regular vet had told us, we thought we were going to be scheduling orthopedic surgery with the specialist.  Instead we were told that Duncan has a malignant tumor in his hip and spine -- something called nerve sheath cancer, which I had never heard of before.  It's aggressive, and we basically had three treatment options.  The first was to treat with medications (steroids and pain medicine).  The second option was to have his back leg amputated, and his prognosis was six months to live.  The third choice was to have the surgery and do radiation treatments, which might give him a year to a year and a half.  These last two would be very expensive, by the way. 
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