Saturday, March 12, 2016

Icky Nasty Tumor Pictures

Brisbane is spending an extra day getting IV drugs before surgery, which has been postponed till Sunday morning. This is mostly because our amazing vet team is making sure they have absolutely everything on hand that could be useful, including cryotherapy equipment for freezing things. We are also waiting to hear back from the veterinary oncologist who has been advising Brisbane's doctor and may be aware of some as-yet-unpublished experimental treatments that might be helpful.
dog with cancer
This is what it looks like on the outside.

In the meantime, Brisbane is on antibiotics and has been started on some powerful pain control that should keep him comfortable in the early days of his recovery. He's content to just chill with the team while we make sure everything is in place for the big event.

In his very relaxed state, Briz allowed the vet to get a really clear picture of the part of the tumor in his mouth. It's super gross and I recommend not scrolling down if you don't like yucky medical pictures. I was unable to get such a good view of it, and frankly it's a lot worse than I thought. So, so very gross.

Poor Brisbane! This thing was definitely not that big a week ago, or even a few days ago! It's definitely time to put the brakes on it for a while. The current plan is to throw everything at it that we can without making him feel miserable.
Hemangiopericytoma of the mouth
The full extent of the problem.

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