Road trip!!!

Today, we woke up early to bring Maximus to the University of Guelph for his first radiation treatment.  We left at 7:00 a.m. so that we could be there for 8:30. Once there, we checked in and, while we waited, Maximus picked himself a comfy spot and cowered.

Maximus seeks shelter.

We spoke to the radiation oncologist who gave us the lowdown.  This would be the first of five weekly radiation treatments for Maximus. Regardless of the results, five would be it.  The treatment would target the tumor located in his right inside cheek, close to his throat. Apparently, in similar circumstances, radiation has shrunk approximately 70% of tumors.  The treatment will be administered in conjunction with a bi-monthly anti-cancer vaccine that, if effective, will stop the spread of this particularly aggressive form of melanoma.

The tumor will be monitored with each visit.  If the tumor actually grows rather than shrinks, radiation will be discontinued.

Side effects may include fur loss on the side of his face receiving the treatment and the development of a blister on the targeted area after the third or fourth treatment.

Bummed.

According to the doctor, with this treatment, we can expect Maximus to be with us for 6-8 months.  Without treatment, it would be less than a month.  In a very best case scenario, we’re able to get rid of the cancer.  But this is, apparently, a long shot.  Another side effect she mentioned was the possibility of Maximus developing cataracts – but that would occur a year or two after treatment and, if he’s around a year or two after treatment to get the cataracts then I’ll be happy to deal with them at that time.

Lily. A budding hospital romance in the works?

We left Maximus at the small animal hospital and, with two hours to kill, headed downtown.

Yes, Guelph has a downtown.

Sort of.

We stopped for breakfast/lunch…

At a place called Wimpys. I had a so-so Philly cheesesteak and some surprisingly good crispy golden onion rings.

After lunch, we took a stroll through Guelph’s version of the Forum Shops…

Hey! Where's the Harry Winston?
$2 canned snails. What a deal!

Eventually, we headed back and picked up our little guy.  He was happy to see us and, to our relief, seemingly none the worse for wear.

Homeward bound!

So, one down, four to go.  Here’s hoping we see some results!

Maximus thanks you for your support.

 Today’s entry is dedicated to belated birthday gal Jumbles!

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Sg1efc
Sg1efc

Well done Maximus, only a few more treatments to go. smile

Gina
Gina

poor baby.. he looks scared and tired. My heart goes out to you both.

Gina

Denise Canelon.B
Denise Canelon.B

Hope he gets well soon. So small and so brave…! My prayers ti your babe!
Denise.

Nola
Nola

Talked to my vet daughter tonight about Maximus. She explained the same thing – about only doing a limited number of treatments. Hope they have a positive effect on the little guy. He really does look bummed in that one picture.

Nola S.

Denise Canelon.B
Denise Canelon.B

Hope your doggie gets well soon, so small and yet so brave. My prayers for his recovery. Denise.

cat4444
cat4444

Keep on trucking, Max! We’re pulling for you.

Sparrow_hawk

Good job, Maximus! And you too Joe. Is that a seat-belt harness Max is wearing? And Lily, too?

I loved the picture of Lily, by the way. She looks adorable.

Bryan M. White

Hello Joe,

Best wishes to you and Max. Tell him I said “get well soon”.

Best wishes,

Bryan

dasndanger

Sending all my best to Maximus, and to you, Joe…you look sad. sad

Hey, Joe…have you ever had a real Philly cheesesteak? Regardless of what people say, you really can only get them in the Philly area because it has to do with the bread as much as anything (and bread from the Delaware Valley is SPECIAL!). I prefer a cheesesteak hoagie (that’s with lettuce, tomato & onion) over a plain cheesesteak…and lots of hot peppers! Ketchup, no mayo. I don’t care for Cheez Whiz and most places in our area don’t serve them that way anyway, but instead just use American cheese, and/or provolone. But in the end – regardless of what kind of cheesesteak you like – it all boils down to the bread: http://amorosobaking.com/consumer.aspx

MMmmmmm!!

Now I’m hungry. razz

das

StellaByStargate
StellaByStargate

Thinking good thoughts, Joe.

SBS

jojo
jojo

well the news isn’t bad, isn’t all good. but certainly is hopeful. Keep up the good spirits, Max!

Debra

Praying for the very best outcome.

majorsal

yay, max, fight it!! smile

IggyMing
IggyMing

Keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll get the best result possible. Big hugs to the little guy.

daubermaus

Maximus will be up to his old snores in no time.

Hugs.

Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson

((((Joe)))) ((((Maximus)))) Thank you Joe for keeping us up to date with Max. I just feel so bad for the guy having to go through all that. He is certainly a trooper. My heart and prayers go out for both you and Max. Give him all the TLC that you can, and I know you will. Hugs and kisses for Max.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Way to go little sugar pumpkin! I will be praying for the best case scenario!

Deni
Deni

So glad treatment #1 is over with and that Max is back home. Six or eight months seems like such a short time, but given the other option, it’s great. I’ve always been very aware of the limited time we have with our pets, but much more so since last year when we thought Elway had cancer in his spleen. We’ve also had to deal with his seizures for over 6 years, each time wondering if this will be the last time. It’s a hard way to live, but I can’t imagine life without him and the other three. I’m really glad you’re there for Max, and I know he is too. Love to all of you smile

Penny
Penny

So hoping the very best for max!
Maybe next time you can come to Kitchener and I can treat you Hog Tails!! You wouldn’t be disappointed we also have some awesome comic book stores!!

archersangel

hope the treatments work.

did you get the canned snails?

Sebastian Meyer
Sebastian Meyer

Best wishes to Maximus.

I do however have to ask: you did consider the possibility of a radioactive pug biting you, right?

@iom666
@iom666

Poor little doggy.
Joe, be aware that the last 2 weeks of the treatment could be nasty, even if successful your dog may be in quite a lot of pain. Maybe will require some strong painkiller, it could be heartbreaking but that’s what it takes to keep him.
I wish you all the best. Hang in there folks.
Take care.

Pamme
Pamme

Good for Maximus! Looks like he did well. What a little trooper. Apparently everyone reacts differently to radiation treatments. When I had them, they didn’t slow me down one bit.

Hope he continues to respond well and that the tumor shrinks!

afg1
afg1

Hugs for you and Maximus.

DP
DP

(((Maximus)))

Lily’s adorable. She has manga eyes. I want a Lily plush toy! Ya’ know, for the kids.