Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Tanner Tuesday

Well, I have made it back to the US, and trying to get everything sorted our from my wonderful trip to Kenya.  I'm hoping the boys will let me steal the blog a couple of days to tell you all about it! 
 
Today,  I know you are wondering about Tanner.  Here goes...I called the vet school on Tuesday, July 22nd to set up his appointment for when I returned, but they insisted I not wait.  I had taken Wednesday off work, so I took him over that morning for a consult.  Tanner has Renal Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, to be exact, and is considered an oncology emergency.  The Lymphoblastic part makes his cancer rare and aggressive.  The prognosis is guarded even with treatment, but since Tanner came to the clinic not having any real symptoms of being sick, they hope this will increase his survival chances.
 
He started chemo the day before we left, and had a second dose yesterday.  He has also now started on Prednisolone twice a day.  His chemo protocol is called CHOP.  He receives 4 different medications, one chemo each week for three weeks, while taking the pred all the time.  Then repeat.
 
Week One - Vincristine (IV)
Week Two - Cyclophosphamide (pills)
Week Three - Doxorubicin (IV)
Week Four - Rest week
 
On chemo day, I drop him at the vet school where they do a CBC to make sure his blood values are ok to receive chemo.  The team consult to make sure he is still doing well, then the chemo is administered.  I pick him up in the afternoon.
 
So far, he is doing well with the meds.  We have nausea and diarrhea meds at the house to use as needed, but so far, so good.
 
Tanner is going to need lots of purrs to pull through this, but as long as he is feeling well, and tolerating the meds, we will continue to fight for him.  We will do a repeat ultrasound after either the first of second rounds of treatment to see how he is responding, and make more decisions at that time.

54 comments:

  1. Oh dear Tanner, we are sending our very best healing purrs and prayers your way.

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  2. I am sending lots and lots of purrs to Tanner! I'm glad that he is doing well so far, and that he continues to do so.

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  3. how heartbreaking....we are sending lots of love and healing purrs to all of you!!

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  4. Oh, crumbs. Not what we hoped and purrayed for. We're purring hard for Tanner, for his Highest Good.

    Universal love and Light to him and to you all.

    Peace.

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  5. Suzanne ... continuing purrs and prayers for Tanner, and for you.
    Fondly,
    Ann

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  6. Mom and I are sending lots of healing hugs and purrs to Tanner...
    Madi and mom

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  7. Awwwww Tanner! Terrific tantalising Tanner! You hang on in there sweet boy! We send you love and hugs and purrs and all the healing good vibes in all the universe!! You take care now!
    x

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  8. Oh dear, poor sweet Tanner. I'm purring and purraying for him. We hope he gets well. M sends hugs to his human.

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  9. We are here for you and Tanner-what a strong boy! Handling the meds and chemo the way he is, we are praying for their success and his return to good health. Sending lots of love, purrs and prayers to Tanner and his mom. xx

    Mom Julie, Tinker, Chopin, Anastasia and Bridget

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  10. We sure send many many purrs and prayers to Tanner. Hope he does well with all the medication. We sure wish you well Tanner.

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  11. Sending super purrs and prayers from all of us and Dad too. He is a Nursey Man and says that they are some potent chemo drugs and that the steroid will keep him feeling better.
    Purrs-A-Plenty coming Atcha!
    Timmy and Family
    Dad too!

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  12. We are sending LOTS of purrs and prayers for Tanner's successful fight against his cancer. Lots and lots and lots ...

    Love ~ Grace & Company

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  13. tanner....continmewed blessings frum St Francis two ewe....N we hope yur mom had a fun time on her trip ♥

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  14. I'm so sorry Tanner has to go through this. He's obviously got a strong constitution which is definitely on his side.

    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Hugs and kisses to Tanner.

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  15. I'm so sorry Tanner has to go through this. He's obviously got a strong constitution which is definitely on his side.

    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Hugs and kisses to Tanner.

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  16. I'm so sorry Tanner has to go through this. He's obviously got a strong constitution which is definitely on his side.

    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Hugs and kisses to Tanner.

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  17. Hugs and Purrs,
    JC and The Purr and Fur Gang

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  18. Tanner we are all purring and praying mega purrs for you.
    (hugs)

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  19. Sorry about the diagnosis, but glad Tanner is doing well on the chemo and meds. I send hugs and the kitties send healing purrs.

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  20. Oh no. We're sorry to hear this news. But we're purring loud for Tanner and hope all goes well for him.

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  21. What awful worrying news and a hard treatment regime. We are crossing all fingersm toes, paws and tails for all of you and sending all our love and purrs. Wishing you strength to help Tanner through.
    All love
    RedSetter

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  22. Glad you caught it early, but it sure must have given you a scare to hear the words. We hope Tanner will do well through the chemo.

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  23. We're purring loud and hard for Tanner.

    The Florida Furkids

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  24. Sending huge purrs and prayers to Tanner.

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  25. We are putting our prayers and purrs on high for you all! Sending all the kitty love we can!!!!
    Marty and Mom

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  26. Healing purrs and crossed paws for sweet Tanner.

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  27. ButterBean and the gang here purring hard for you buddy - I have cancer as well, mast cell tumors. Hope you keep feeling well!

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  28. Thank you so much for the update. We are purring and praying really fervently for Tanner.

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  29. Poor Tanner, I am sending you my best rumbly purrs and love to help you get through this fella.

    Sending love to your people too

    Luff
    Mungo
    & The Ape xx

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  30. Sending purrs and prayers for Tanner!

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  31. Keep fighting sweet Tannew..i am sending you POTP and healing smoochie kisses and head bumpies
    Love
    Asta

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  32. We are sending purrs to your sweet boy Tanner and hope he can beat this evil disease.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  33. Tanner, our purrs and purrayers are with you! Stay strong! We purr for your healing.
    XOXO
    Maggie May and The Creek Cats

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  34. Hang in there, sweet Tanner! Lots of purrs and hugs from us.

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  35. We send purrs and prayers for Tanner and hugs for you. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S.)

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  36. The best of luck to Tanner, and continued good reactions to the chemotherapy. I hope this treatment destroys the cancer, and the beloved boy will have many many years ahead of him with the people who obviously care for him so much.

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  37. I am adding you to my prayer list Tanner.

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  38. I am adding you to my prayer list Tanner.

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  39. Sending lots of purrs and purrayers for Tanner. Stay strong and beat this. Never let anything slow you down.

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  40. Sweet Tanner, we'll be thinking the best of thoughts and purring hard for you to get better. PURRS...

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  41. Sending healing thoughts and prayers for Tanner. Give him hugs from us.
    Sue B
    Charlie,Cashew,Garfield,Tubby,Hope

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  42. We cross our paws and we send tons of purrs for Tanner. Purrs

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  43. Many many hugs and purrs and purrayers to Tanner. It is difficult to have the 'c' word.

    Luf, Us and Maw

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  44. Sending lots of purrs for Tanner.
    Teapartycat/Sunny O. Cat

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  45. I'm sending over my strongest purrs to help Tanner to feel better!

    Purrrrrrrrrrrrrs, Spike William

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  46. Wishing Tanner all the best as he continues his treatment. We will definitely have him in our purrs and prayers. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  47. Hi Oliver, this is Sampson from Cat Scouts. I just heard about your brofur Tanner, and my fursibs and I wanted to stop by and send him some purrs, prayers, and love. It's good news that they caught the cancer so early. We are glad the he is doing well with medication. We will keep on purring and puraying for him! Keep us updated, and let us know if we can do anything. --Sampson and family

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  48. Hi ,
    Charles fron Cat Scouts here. Just heard of Tanner 's diagnosis and treatment. Sending healing purrs and prayers that he is comfortable and doing well. My siblings pawrents and I will keep him in our prayers at night.
    Stay safe
    Charles

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  49. Tanner darling boy, mommy and I don't know what happened to our comment several days ago. We now wonder if we thought we hit send and were just in the vicinity of the button. But you know we both have been thinking of you and sending you all the love we can send, just to you sweetest boy. PLEASE get well and please feel well enough during your treatment that you can eat and play a little bit.

    All our love and prayers.

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  50. Tanner we are all sending mega purrs to you and we are praying that your treatment works well and you have a good recovery.

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  51. Purrs to you all. And we hope Tanner does well in his treatment.

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  52. I`m sending lots and lots of (((purrs))) to Tanner!

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  53. Hope the treatment for Tanner works well for him.

    Moe
    Mindy
    Cookie
    Mike

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