He is Dr Kim Cronin's patient at NEVOG. The mast cell biopsy showed that although there seemed to be good margins, there were cells that had gone deeper. She explained the stage 2 possibilities pros and cons. She advised that she do an ultrasound and a spleen aspiration. Since I don't have the money to support those tests, I met with Joann Pagliocci, CFO and she agreed to allow me to pay a small amount each month.
The nature and urgency of his condition did not allow me to seek financial assistance. Those tests were necessary immedicately.
After the results from the ultrasound were clear; we waited for the word on the spleen condition. Dr Cronin called to say the spleen also appeared clean. She said these were good signs. She also aspirated a lymp on his tail which turned out to be another stage 2 mast cell tumor.
However, he needs to have a re-entry surgery to obtain clean margins. Also he needs surgery on his tail (I don't know the correct medical term, so I call it a "tailectomy") to also obtain clean margins. Both these surgeries are necessary within the next 2 to 4 weeks to allow him the best outcome.
My poor buddy!! My daughter, Stefanie in order to try to lighten the moment said, "Oh no, no teeth and now no tail, Duke is a "pit bull," how will we ever make intruders think he's a vicous killer!!!.
He has been through so much already. I need help!! Please help Duke!!