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Brock and Barbara

Kisses

April 2011

We can’t say Thank You enough times to express our gratitude for the incredible care that our dog, Kisses, received from the CSU Animal Cancer Center. When we found a lost and frightened stray 9 month old puppy, we didn’t know how precious he would be to us. Over the years, he filled our family’s lives with joy and so many wonderful memories. In July, 2009 he was diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma and given a very grim prognosis of only 2 months to live without treatment. The only radiation available would have required 18 to 21 daily sessions and anesthesia every time. At 15 years old with early stage renal disease, he was not a suitable candidate for that, and the stress alone could have killed him. After some very intense and quick research, we decided to have him treated with Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) at CSU in mid-August. The procedure only required anesthesia four times, once for the diagnostic CT scan and three for the radiation treatments. Again, we can’t say enough wonderful things about the compassionate and cutting edge care he received from
Dr. La Rue, Dr. Beckwith and the entire ACC staff. They kept us informed every step of the way, did extra lab work and took extra precautions due to his age and other medical conditions, and patiently answered all our questions. We celebrated Kisses’ 17th birthday in January, and he is still alive a full 19 months after the treatment. We have also created a blog named Kisses - My Journey - Canine Nasal Cancer to share his journey.

The doctors have continued to assist us with his other health issues as well as any side effects from the radiation. For anyone thinking that they can get better care closer to home, think again! This veterinary cancer center is top notch! We flew our dog from Los Angeles to Denver and would do it again in a heartbeat.

 

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