Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bugsy Medical News

We know you're probably tired of hearing about Bugsy's medical issues, but nevertheless, here we are with another update.

He went to the cancer v-e-t on Tuesday for his first visit. (For those new to the bloggie, he had an eye removed last month due to a tumor. Initial results showed it was a malignant tumor, so our v-e-t referred us to the cancer v-e-t.) This was a radiation v-e-t, who said that those test results on the tumor biopsy showed that there was likely some lingering cancer "stuff" running along the part of the optic nerve that was left behind from the surgery. This meant at the very least, Bugsy would need radiation treatments to try and blast those nasty things outta there.

The nice v-e-t man also wanted to run a CT scan (guess they don't call them CAT scans anymore at the v-e-t offices... ) to check on Bugsy's lymph nodes and lungs, the areas where any additional tumors would likely first show up. If anything had shown up, that would change the whole treatment plan. The results didn't come back until Thursday, so that was a couple of days of waiting...and wondering... But happily, nothing showed up. That doesn't mean that something couldn't still show up down the road, though.

So, the radiation cancer v-e-t is going to work up the exact treatment plan over the weekend but unless we hear otherwise, radiation treatments will start on Monday. It's a daily treatment, 18 treatments, Monday through Friday for 3.5 weeks. Because of where we live and where the cancer v-e-t is located, it looks like it will be easier all around for Bugsy to board with them during the week and come home for the weekend. Not an easy decision, though...but probably for the best both for him and for The Mommy.

Although she just looked at the calendar and realized he'll be spending his 6th birthday on October 1st at the v-e-t's... Well, he'll just have to be extra-spoiled when he comes home that weekend. Maybe they'll sing happy birthday to him there!

So that's the scoop. Let's hope the radiation does its job...'cause it ain't cheap! But he's worth it.

And now we'll leave you with this belly shot:



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31 comments:

Tracey and Huffle said...

I am purring for you Bugsy! And your mum should be organising a BIG birthday party for you when you get home. I'll come.

Huffle Mawson

SeaThreePeeO said...

Goodness that must have been a very hard decision to make, but I am sure that you have amde the right one.

We will be praying and purring that the treatment goes well and Bugsy remains cancer free for the rest of his life.

Angel and Kirby said...

Sweet Bugsy, We are purring for you and your Mom!

Lyn said...

If only all cats had loving mommy's like yours.
Hope it does the trick. Thinking of you Lucy and Lyn
xxx

Sam and Andy said...

We are so sad to hear you have to have radiation treatments. You have been through so much already.

We are purring and purraying for you, Bugsy.


Love from us (that includes our Mommy)

Eric and Flynn said...

We are glad nothing showed up in the test results. We are purring for you to have successful radiation treatment Bugsy.

Furkidsmom said...

We're purring for Bugsy.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

The Island Cats said...

Oh we are purring for Bugsy and hope his treatments go well. We're sorry to hear he'll hafta be away from home during the week, though...we know he'll be spoiled on the weekends!!

JC said...

I am so sorry that he'll have to spend the week at the V E T.

I hope the treatments work and he is forever better.

(I was thinking about it and I don't know any place that does 'special' treatments. Would have to be far far away for one of my Purr Gang)

Sweet Praline said...

I really hope the treatment goes well for Bugsy and all those nasty cells go away.

Hansel said...

we don't want you to think we are tired of the news. we are happy you share with us. we are in awe of you getting bugsy the treatment. We don't know what we'd do if faced with that decision. Frankly, i don't think we could afford it. Bugsy, we will be thinking of you every day and purring and praying for you.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, Bugsy, we hope this will help you get well so you can have a big birthday celebration. You and your mom will miss each other while you're at the vet's, so be prepared for lots of attention on weekends.

And we're with Hansel -- we're glad you share the news so we know how Bugsy is doing.

Warm purrs and tail wags.

Parker said...

Oh Bugsy! We hope this does the trick and we salute your beans for making sure the cancer goes away!
Big smoochies to you and Happy Birthday!

Anya said...

We're purring & praying
for you Bugsy always,
and we think also on your Mommy :)

Kareltje =^.^=

Fin said...

Poor sweet Bugsy. Of course I will purr my very hardest for the Bugster and Mom sends big hug mom hugs to the Mom!

CatLadyDiary.com said...

Be strong Bugsy, your an important part of the team and they need you!

pughy said...

Purring for you sweet one and so hope the treatment goes well..

Hugs GJ xx

Daisy said...

Bugsy, be brave and strong! I hope you will have a birthday party when you get home from the treatment!

Cats in trees said...

We'll be thinking about Bugsy and sending him all our positive thoughts and purrs.

Max said...

Bummer of a way to spend a birthday, but a guys gotta do what a guys gotta do. I hope he gets real live fresh dead shrimp as a present when he comes home!

Cory said...

Oh sweetie Bugsy! We will purr so hard for you and we'll be sending extra special purrs to you on your birthday. I bet you didn't know that is the very same birthday for my mom, Bennette AND Ginger! What a great day!

We are very relieved that the first round of tests were clear.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We are going to purr and pray for Bugsy! And we hope that he has the biggest birthday party ever when he gets home!

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

We are trying to catch up with our blog friends and send healing purrs and headbutts to you Busgy!!! You hang in there Dude!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artangan Rumblepurr said...

Never get tired of hearing about our pal Bugsy. Specially when it is good news. Please give him a big (but MANLY) cuddle from us both, we are wishing him well.

Brian said...

Hey Bugsy, my sisters Sascha, Gracie, Zoe & I will be purring like crazy for you, and trust me, we know crazy. Love ya pal!!!

Mishkat said...

Sorry we are so late on commenting, but we want to send Bugsy many purrs! We are sorry that he has to stay at the V.E.T. all week, but in a way, it might be easier than all those trips in the cat carrier (we hate that part!) We know it' can't be easy for you either - we think you are a wonderful cat mom!

Love and purrs from Franklin, Dobby, Tasha, and Katie

The Monkeys said...

We got big squeezes from our Mom when she read this cuz it upsets her that you and Bugsy have to go through this. We're sending you big purrs and our Mom sends big hugs to your Mom and Bugsy

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Bugsy, it does not sound like much fun for the next while,but know that you will have tons of your friends sending love,positive vibes and purrs to you every day to see you through!!!!!!!
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

A Few Good Cats said...

We're sending healing vibes and purrayers to Bugsy, that he'll have many more birthdays to come.

JEWELGIRLS KATZ said...

Purrs X 6 Bugsy!
We think you are cool and hope the vet guy helps you feel better! ♥

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We are glad that the CT scan was good, but it is too bad he has to have all those treatments. But hopefully this will be the only thing he needs for a long time! We will keep our fingers and paws crossed for that and send purrs and prayers that the radiation isn't too bad on him (I am not sure how it works with kitties).

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