January 2002


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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Jan Ziff <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 9 Jan 2002 15:50:23 -0500
To: Kate McGinley <[log in to unmask]>
Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
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Thanks Kate:

Great news about Dickens and what a morale booster for us!
Blue has now had two in vet chemo treatments and one (Cytoxan) at home.

To my great surprise he is doing very well although he did get very
dehydrated over the weekend and we had to syringe pedialyte into him through
the night!  Tomorrow is one of the big drug days ... So we will see how he
does. Ičd love to talk to you off list about the protocols youčre using etc.

We also thought he was just off color and now that he has his energy
returning, wečre only beginning to realize how sick he was when we got the

Many thanks for responding.


           From: Kate McGinley <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 08:45:51 -0600
> Subject: Re: Bluejay
>> >Blue was diagnosed with lymphoma on Christmas Eve
> Hi Jan--my dog Dickens (9 yrs old or so) was diagnosed with Stage IV
> lymphoma last Aug (early Aug.). He was quite sick at the time--it had even
> spread to his spleen and the lymph nodes we could feel were really HUGE. We
> opted to be aggressive and go for chemo, and let me tell you, it has been
> well worth it. Dickens went into remission almost right away with the
> chemo. However, be warned, at about week 6 or so of chemo, the chemicals
> changed and he did in fact get quite sick a couple of times (to the tune of
> emergency room stays and such). However, the vet here (central IL) got it
> worked out, and Dickens is doing really great. I'm so glad we stuck it out.
> He is energetic--NOW I realize just how long he was sick, we had "written"
> his lower energy off to getting older. Right now I can well imagine him
> herding sheep again! He is in the "maintenance" phase of the treatment,
> which means instead of weekly chemo he only goes every 3-4 weeks.
> Anyway, if you want to know more about treatment and what to expect, feel
> free to email me
> Kate
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