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clifto
February 17th 06, 11:04 PM
Years back I used to be a regular in r.p.c. and its follow-on groups. I had
to leave because the sad stories were too much for me. (And yet here I am.
returning to relay yet another sad story.)

We got word today that Linus (10 yo DSH) has lymphoma. A lump on his gums
was biopsied the other day; the vet postponed her first vacation day to
give us the news personally.

If anyone has any suggestions for finding inexpensive chemotherapy for him,
please let me know. My own cancer last year, and Linus' $600 in tests, have
left us with little financial headroom. (No, this is not an appeal for money,
unless you can light your Cuban cigars with fifties instead of hundreds for
a few weeks.)

--
All relevant people are pertinent.
All rude people are impertinent.
Therefore, no rude people are relevant.
-- Solomon W. Golomb

Karen
February 17th 06, 11:53 PM
Where are you located?

"clifto" > wrote in message
...
> Years back I used to be a regular in r.p.c. and its follow-on groups. I
had
> to leave because the sad stories were too much for me. (And yet here I am.
> returning to relay yet another sad story.)
>
> We got word today that Linus (10 yo DSH) has lymphoma. A lump on his gums
> was biopsied the other day; the vet postponed her first vacation day to
> give us the news personally.
>
> If anyone has any suggestions for finding inexpensive chemotherapy for
him,
> please let me know. My own cancer last year, and Linus' $600 in tests,
have
> left us with little financial headroom. (No, this is not an appeal for
money,
> unless you can light your Cuban cigars with fifties instead of hundreds
for
> a few weeks.)
>
> --
> All relevant people are pertinent.
> All rude people are impertinent.
> Therefore, no rude people are relevant.
> -- Solomon W. Golomb

Candace
February 18th 06, 03:00 AM
clifto wrote:
>
> If anyone has any suggestions for finding inexpensive chemotherapy for him,
> please let me know. My own cancer last year, and Linus' $600 in tests, have
> left us with little financial headroom. (No, this is not an appeal for money,
> unless you can light your Cuban cigars with fifties instead of hundreds for
> a few weeks.)
>
I'm sorry about your cat. Maybe oral chemotherapy along with
prednisone would be of some benefit? Of course, you would need to
consult with a vet to get the correct drug in the first place but I
know that, in humans, research is leaning toward more oral chemos than
IV, if possible, just because of the psychological factor and they are
developing new ones currently. Oral would be cheaper, if something is
available, just because it could be administered at ome by you. Maybe
you could do a little research online and discuss it with your vet.
Best of luck to your kitty and you.

Candace

February 18th 06, 04:07 AM
clifto wrote:

> If anyone has any suggestions for finding inexpensive chemotherapy for him,
> please let me know. My own cancer last year, and Linus' $600 in tests, have
> left us with little financial headroom. (No, this is not an appeal for money,
> unless you can light your Cuban cigars with fifties instead of hundreds for
> a few weeks.)


Sorry to hear such bad news. Are there any universities with vet
training within driving distance? They will give cheaper rates if they
can use the treatment as a training tool.

Many years ago, my sheltie went blind. We thought it was cataracts, and
the vet school was willing to do the surgery. We were willing to drive
the 600 miles, but they insisted on a specialist referral to make sure
the drive was worth it. Good thing. It was a genetic defect and not
something that can be fixed. They saved us the trip, but it would have
been well worth it if they could have fixed it.

You might also call around to see what vet pricing is in your area. If
you have a local craigslist, ask for recommendations.

I live in the Seattle area, right on the edge of Seatacm between two
cities -
Des Moines and Tukwila. Des Moines is a higher income area with
coastal property. The vet there is good, but very expensive. The vet in
Tukwila is cheaper, but pushy about adding on extra tests and stuff. I
don't really trust them.

My old vet is in West Seattle, over half an hour away. It's been over
20 years since we lived over there, but it's the same guy, and we trust
him. It's worth the drive. Standard stuff is about the same as teh
Tukwila vet - vaccinations, etc. Office calls are a tad more exensive,
but they give a discount for multiple, so we try to do standard exams
together. They don't push for extra stuff. And things like bloodwork
and surgery are a little cheaper than the Tukwila vet and a lot cheaper
than the Des Moines vet. And they are listed as a low coast spay/neuter
clinic.

So, sometimes, you will find a different in pricing simply because of
different neighborhoods. And just because it is cheaper doesn't mean it
is not as good. I tried the closer vet several times. I was willing to
pay more as it seemed like it would be less stressful to have it
closer, but I just didn't care for the multiple vet thing. I never got
the same vet, so I felt like I was starting over every time.

If you can ask around, you can get recommendations for vets, and they
can tell you if they are reasonably priced, pushy or not about
unneccesary things, competent, and trustworthy.

Switch
February 18th 06, 04:14 AM
clifto wrote:

> --
> All relevant people are pertinent.
> All rude people are impertinent.
> Therefore, no rude people are relevant.
> -- Solomon W. Golomb

what a sad sac you are

clifto
February 21st 06, 06:02 AM
Karen wrote:
> "clifto" > wrote...
>> If anyone has any suggestions for finding inexpensive chemotherapy for
> him,
>> please let me know. My own cancer last year, and Linus' $600 in tests,
> have
>> left us with little financial headroom. (No, this is not an appeal for
> money,
>> unless you can light your Cuban cigars with fifties instead of hundreds
> for
>> a few weeks.)
>
> Where are you located?

Southwest Chicago suburbs.

--
All relevant people are pertinent.
All rude people are impertinent.
Therefore, no rude people are relevant.
-- Solomon W. Golomb

clifto
February 21st 06, 06:04 AM
Candace wrote:
> I'm sorry about your cat. Maybe oral chemotherapy along with
> prednisone would be of some benefit? Of course, you would need to
> consult with a vet to get the correct drug in the first place but I
> know that, in humans, research is leaning toward more oral chemos than
> IV, if possible, just because of the psychological factor and they are
> developing new ones currently. Oral would be cheaper, if something is
> available, just because it could be administered at ome by you.

I can administer sub-Q fluids and injections, and I can handle an IV port
as well

I'd hate to start the prednisone right away, since the apparently reliable
sources on the net (hospitals and doctors, not random ramblings) suggest
that if they're not started as part of a program with other agents they
reduce the effectiveness of starting other agents at a later time.

--
All relevant people are pertinent.
All rude people are impertinent.
Therefore, no rude people are relevant.
-- Solomon W. Golomb

clifto
February 21st 06, 06:12 AM
Switch wrote:
> clifto wrote:
>> --
>> All relevant people are pertinent.
>> All rude people are impertinent.
>> Therefore, no rude people are relevant.
>> -- Solomon W. Golomb
>
> what a sad sac you are

Thanks for demonstrating the efficacy of my .signature.

--
All relevant people are pertinent.
All rude people are impertinent.
Therefore, no rude people are relevant.
-- Solomon W. Golomb

Rescue
February 21st 06, 02:24 PM
clifto wrote:

> Thanks for demonstrating the efficacy of my .signature.

lemme dress my words down a little bit

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H E Y! Thanks alot!



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