Today, Tanner is focusing on staying warm! He spent the day at the vet school yesterday, getting another shaved belly :) They did the abdonimal ultrasound again, and started the next round of chemo. The ultrasound showed stable disease. It was recommended to change the chemo back to every week and see if that will kick start his system to kill off any remaining cancer cells, so that is what we are going to do. He only has two rounds remaining.
Tanner found the heated bed...he loves it!
The vet is also wondering if the thickening of the kidney walls, that has been present since round one, is possibly scar tissue. She wants to do aspirates next time he has the ultrasound to see if it is scar tissue, or cancer. It could be that he is in complete remission, but this tissue makes his kidneys look abnormal.
Tanner has always loved to be covered with warm landry...here he is on the towel for his carrier, and a fresh blanket!
Tanner has already beaten the odds for a partial remission cat. Normal time before relapse, or death, is 3-4 months from original diagnosis. Tanner is now entering his 5th month since diagnosis, and going strong!
I ordered this belly band for Tanner off Etsy, and while it fits beautifully, and is quite warm (fleece on the inside), it makes Tanner unable to walk and move! MOL
Tanner has beaten the odds several times in his life already. For those that don't know his story, he ws buried in the litter box by his mother when he was born. He was found alive, barely, and taken to another nursing mother. She took him in as one of her own, but he was so small, compared to her actual babies, that after 13 days, it was decided to just pull him off and bottle raise him. That is when I got him.
He also has HCM, and has been taking meds for that disease for 10 years now. Tanner has beaten the odds here too, and was given a very slow progressing form.
Tanner's plan for the next few weeks will be as follows:
Dec 15th - regular vet for bloodwork, chemo at home
Dec 22nd - day at the vet school, IV Chemo
Dec 29th - REST WEEK
Thanks for checking in on my special boy. Please keep sending healing purrs to him, they are working!!