|Me with my t-shirt collar - keeps me from scratching my boo boo.|
Joey here today to give you a update. The past two weeks shave been full of vet visits, tests, Mom waiting by the phone to hear back from them...but we think we have things down now.
I had a physical with our vet and they did blood work on me. It shows that I have some underlying health issues that may make surgery more risky than normal. Mom took me to another vet - a surgeon, for another look and he also did two needle aspirations on my lumps. Both came back as abnormal cells - cancerous. Both vets seem to think they are different forms of cancer, are localized in the upper layers of skin, don't seem to have spread and are slow growing.
|My cool ear tufts!|
Then another consult with a holistic vet who specializes in cancer treatment. Conventional treatment would be to take the lumps off but I may have a harder time with surgery and recovering due to my unrelated health issues going on. The holistic cancer vet wants to try to build up my immune system and shrink the tumors using herbs, homeopathy and other alternative treatments and see what is going on in two to three months. I may still have to have the surgery then but maybe not if all works well with this treatment. Mom likes this vet and has used him successfully in the past on other cats.
All the money you helped raise for me has gone for two vet visits, blood work, needle biopsies and pathologies, and for the alternative vet and treatments. We still have some put aside for future use in case I do need surgery and will leave up our donation button for that too.
We wanted to let you all know what is going on and will keep you updated on this alternative treatment. Keep on purring for me - I do want to be around for many years to come.