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Thomas

Thomas
Bio: I was a Queensland dog with osteosarcoma. I'm here to support my human friends
Cancer Type: Bone Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Osteosarcoma
Bone Cancer Symptoms: Swelling above left carpal, limping. My vet had just lost her dog to osteosarcoma so took no chances - straight in for an xray, which suggested it could be bone cancer, so immediately referred to a Jindalee Vet Oncologist (Dr Terry) who took bone biopsies and did body scan. Scan showed no spread of cancer. Results received 16 April 2018…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Left front leg and shoulder amputated on 17 April 2018.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Carboplatin, Doxorubicin, Cyclophosphamide, Tamoxifen, Toceranib, Piroxicam. No significant side effects to start with but after so many months of home chemo/meds I get diarrhoea and occasional nausea (am on meds to combat). My fur is very slow growing now - months later, surgery sites are still sparsely covered in fur, and I now have bald patches (my paws, muzzle, bottom).

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November 1, 2019

Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

January 9, 1982

Cancer Info

Cervical Cancer

October 20, 2018

Stage 1

over 6.1

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I honestly was annoyed that it was only stage 1b. It felt like it “didn’t really” have cancer even though I went through treatment and now have permanent side effects from radiation. I’m also going through very early menopause because of radiation.

Even stage 1 can be serious.

Tell me your stories.

Vasicek Cancer Center, Scott and White in Temple, TX

Stretch as much as you can threw treatment if doing radiation, to keep your body limber throughout treatment. It will be easier to recover if you do that.

TALK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON! I have a degree in mental health and talking about what I was going through was a huge help. I even talked about survivors guilt (a friend passed from stage four while I was in treatment), and I talked about my side effects.

February 5, 2019

No

Unusual vaginal bleeding, could feel something wasn’t right and hormonal changes.

Money needed for medical bills that occurred prior to treatment because I was not going to be trying to find work during that time.

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