Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Costly cancer treatment gives dog new leash on life
KHOU ^ | December 30, 2010 | DAVID SCHECHTER

Posted on 12/30/2010 3:03:05 PM PST by moonshinner_09

DALLAS — Teresa Needham may not have loved her dog more than most. But when 10-year-old Tiffin was diagnosed with cancer, she was willing and able to do more than most to save his life.

She flew the dog to a veterinary hospital in Los Angeles specializing in a blood treatment that can cure lymphoma in dogs.

The procedure is a bone marrow transplant that uses the animal's own healthy cells and radiation to beat the cancer.

“We thought that if we don't do everything that's out there that there is to do, I don't think I could live with myself knowing that there could've been something that could've saved him,” Needham said.

At first, the doctors said the risks for Tiffin were too high for this rare procedure. They said Tiffin was too small to survive, and his other health problems — including diabetes — made it too complicated.

But the Needhams insisted. And it's a good thing, because Tiffin survived the surgery.

(Excerpt) Read more at khou.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dogs; petsanimals
To many it's a pet, to pet lovers, it's a son or daughter on 4 legs. Truly happy, little dog has a 2nd chance at life.
1 posted on 12/30/2010 3:03:10 PM PST by moonshinner_09
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09

How many happy, healthy puppies can you buy for $19,000?


2 posted on 12/30/2010 3:07:01 PM PST by Fresh Wind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

31, maybe 32.


3 posted on 12/30/2010 3:07:56 PM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

Look at it another way: just about every successful human cancer treatment we have originated in canine veterinary trials. She’s paid willingly out of love and affection for something that may be of benefit to you or someone you love, eventually.


4 posted on 12/30/2010 3:09:11 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

It’s her money, she can do whatever she likes with it.


5 posted on 12/30/2010 3:12:46 PM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09
Having lost a dog to cancer, I can sympathize.

I wonder what the architects of Obamacare would say about this....

"....how could we have not taxed this woman so that money would go for a Cadillac plan for Union members?"

6 posted on 12/30/2010 3:14:36 PM PST by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09
Having lost a dog to cancer, I can sympathize.

I wonder what the architects of Obamacare would say about this....

"....how could we have not taxed this woman so that money would go for a Cadillac plan for Union members?"

7 posted on 12/30/2010 3:14:44 PM PST by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry

Once the Gov’t distorts and ruins the market for human care, we will sadly find out how efficient, cheap and fast canine care will become, as it will remain untouched by Gov’t interference.


8 posted on 12/30/2010 3:15:00 PM PST by PGR88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09
the doctors said the risks for Tiffin were too high for this rare procedure

The "death panel" at work.

9 posted on 12/30/2010 3:15:16 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

$1000 a puppy 19.. the cost of curing your beloved pet...PRICELESS! ;)


10 posted on 12/30/2010 3:19:47 PM PST by ColdOne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

ping


11 posted on 12/30/2010 3:21:50 PM PST by ColdOne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PGR88

I’ve pursued radiation and chemo for a dog. He endured it with good cheer, it extended his life a year past the most optimistic prognosis and he was an old fellow to begin with. He was comfortable and happy as a clam right up to the day he died, and cancer didn’t kill him. I’d do it again.

The treatments weren’t cheap by any means, but they were doable out of pocket for me at the time. It’d be tough now, my circumstance is reduced due to the O-pression. The cost certainly beat anything I could have gotten personally at a hospital, had it been me with cancer instead of my dog. He was well cared for, for considerably less than a short hospital stay for a routine surgery.


12 posted on 12/30/2010 3:23:39 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind
How many happy, healthy puppies can you buy for $19,000?

People who aren't dog people don't understand. It's not just a "a dog", it's "your dog" that you bond to. You understand their personality quirks like they understand yours. Simply getting "another dog" is never the solution. It may be in time, but not in the short run.
13 posted on 12/30/2010 3:24:44 PM PST by Yet_Again
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

how many best friends would you spend $19,0000 to save?

and if they die, just go get another healthier friend?


14 posted on 12/30/2010 3:25:04 PM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09

My friend spent over $16,000 on her Lhasa Apso for radiation treatments for a brain tumor. This was her “child”. She drove the dog from Pittsburgh to a specialty vet hospital in Cleveland every day for a month for the treatments.


15 posted on 12/30/2010 3:25:43 PM PST by toothfairy86
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09

I once spent $600 trying to save an $8.00 parakeet, when I didn’t have two nickels to rub together.

I always said I would never be such a foolish pet owner, but when your animal is sick sometimes the heart takes over the brain’s functions.

Even with our livestock - a business enterprise - I spent more than the animal’s potential value to treat an injured alpaca. But hey, it was our boy Chaching.

We saved the alpaca but could not save the bird. Neither expenditure do I regret.

Tomorrow I go to pick up my Christmas present - a rescue chinchilla. At least at this point in my life, I have a sizable emergency fund for vet care. And a very understanding husband.


16 posted on 12/30/2010 3:26:06 PM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09

I don’t get too terribly upset over people who spend king’s ransoms on pioneering heroic veterinary treatments for their pets, because usually the technology will carry over into human treatments sooner or later.


17 posted on 12/30/2010 3:28:16 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: silverleaf

Dogs are not people.


18 posted on 12/30/2010 3:28:28 PM PST by Fresh Wind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09

Having lost a dog to lymphoma last year who was also diabetic, this story touched me. We spent close to $10k, and after a number of failed remissions our boy crossed the Rainbow Bridge. If she can afford it then good for her and I hope her dog beats the monster.


19 posted on 12/30/2010 3:30:28 PM PST by NicNacPattyWac
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

19K isn’t really that much money.


20 posted on 12/30/2010 3:32:43 PM PST by HIDEK6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: HardStarboard
I wonder what the architects of Obamacare would say about this....

Nooooo. They would have asked why the Vet didn't encourage 'end of life' procedures!

21 posted on 12/30/2010 3:39:10 PM PST by Netizen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: HIDEK6
19K isn’t really that much money.

If that's true, then send me $19K. I could find something to do with it.

22 posted on 12/30/2010 3:39:51 PM PST by Fresh Wind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: HIDEK6
19K isn’t really that much money.

It's two semesters of College for our son.

23 posted on 12/30/2010 3:43:38 PM PST by Netizen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Yet_Again

I’m a huge dog person - I just took home a little dog from the ASPCA that is 11 years old and has health problems. She’s a darling. But since my dogs shake with fear and horror when I take them to the GROOMERS, for God’s sake, I would not have the heart to put them through chemo or more than a few doctor appointments. We just let our beautiful lab go at 12. We could have had him operated on but we opted not to put him through such a trauma.

Just me, of course.


24 posted on 12/30/2010 3:46:15 PM PST by miss marmelstein
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: HIDEK6; Fresh Wind

19K is the price of about 38 abortions.

This is a sorry old world.


25 posted on 12/30/2010 4:01:12 PM PST by donna (Imagine...women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Netizen
Like I said.

Spend it on what you want.

26 posted on 12/30/2010 4:01:57 PM PST by HIDEK6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind
If that's true, then send me $19K. I could find something to do with it.

Sit on my lap and lick my face every night and we might have a deal.

27 posted on 12/30/2010 4:03:18 PM PST by HIDEK6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: miss marmelstein

So much depends on the dog. We put our Golden/Brittany through chemotherapy trying to beat her lymphoma, but she just didn’t have the ~spirit~ to fight on her own and we had to put her down after three horrible months of treatment.

Our current dog has been fighting liver disease for almost 18 months now, and she is a fighter. If dogs can set their jaws, she does, and she forges ahead on the current task at hand. She accepts her acupuncture and tea pills with good humor, and accepts us shoving food in her mouth until it connects that we’re not trying to poison her. We’ll keep fighting this dang disease as long as she wants us to.


28 posted on 12/30/2010 4:09:54 PM PST by osagebowman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09

I spent about 6,000 on my cat a few years ago. She’s doing great. I did lose one kitty to cancer - it was tough. Am not looking forward to my pups getting ill - that will be hard.


29 posted on 12/30/2010 4:50:15 PM PST by peggybac (In the contemporary world, they pulled a pearl harbor. We need to pull a hiroshima.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind
Dogs are not people.

No, they aren't but some dogs are more important to me than people, any day of the week.

When my dog Bradley, a beagle, became ill with bladder cancer in 2004, I did research and found an animal hospital in the Midwest that had access to a Canadian drug that treated this type of cancer. I drove Bradley to that hospital (a 1,500 mile trip) once a month for 18 months for a week-long treatment that kept him alive and in great spirits.

In 2006 he was 17 and developed a paralysis of the spine which was not treatable and my wife and I made the tough decision to put him to sleep.

Doing some back-of-the-envelope figuring, we spent $26,000 to have Bradley treated. Don't regret a penny of it.

30 posted on 12/30/2010 4:53:46 PM PST by OldPossum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: mrs. a
Your $8 mention reminds me of an $800 bird.

A then inlaw got some Central American bird for the spouse as a
present. A really nasty bird, from the stories I heard.

The spouse really didn't want it, and the bird, as I said, didn't make
itself very endearing.

Some months later, their dog died, and they got a new puppy. The
puppy got sick after a few weeks, and they took it to the vet,
who diagnosed it as some viral infection that would pass.

But the virus turned out to be fatal to the bird, who was deader than
a doornail when they got back from the vet.

The bird was not missed.

31 posted on 12/30/2010 5:00:05 PM PST by Calvin Locke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: moonshinner_09

Awww, good for that family and it’s little four legged child that was saved.

If people have the money and want to spend it on save their furry children, well God Bless them!


32 posted on 12/30/2010 5:28:43 PM PST by NoGrayZone (What we conservatives call the privates, the liberals call public access! (thnx Balding_Eagle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry

I agree. She used her money, didn’t ask for government help, didn’t whine to the media for sympathy, she has a pet she truly loves and decided it was worth it.

How many people would even think about ripping her if it was a award winning racehorse? Top breeding bull? Another animal ‘worth’ a lot? You say, those things have worth recognized by others. Well, what about the worth of that animal to her? Love and loyalty that animal gave back to her? to her that animal is not replaceable. Think about the time she’s put into that animal. They aren’t rolexes or lexuses you just swap for another.

Further this allows vet medicine to progress for all of us.


33 posted on 12/30/2010 5:47:24 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: OldPossum

People have become better people because of animals in their lives. They have become more caring people, more appreciative of life in general, more human. Some people just don’t get it.


34 posted on 12/30/2010 5:49:34 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: miss marmelstein

Can I recommend Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy to you? The also make other flower essences that can help with anxiety and stress, even thunder anxiety, for animals. That way they might be able to handle going to the vet better.


35 posted on 12/30/2010 5:52:16 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

Thank you, Mr. Science. I’ve heard water is wet, too. Oh yeah, the earth revolves around the sun.


36 posted on 12/30/2010 5:53:34 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind
Dogs are not people.

You're right, they're not. People will screw you if it suits their purpose.........

37 posted on 12/30/2010 5:55:05 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Secret Agent Man
People have become better people because of animals in their lives. They have become more caring people, more appreciative of life in general, more human. Some people just don’t get it.

I suppose that last sentence was a barb directed at me. But I don't care. I know that I have donated thousands of dollars to charities and to my family (not children...I have none) and I know what kind of person I am.

I also know that I am extremely appreciative of being able to live, and I didn't need a dog to teach me that.

38 posted on 12/30/2010 6:58:59 PM PST by OldPossum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: OldPossum

Not everyone lives the same life you lead. Not everyone learns everything the same way or is able to have the same experiences you do.

Guess you are learning this fact out in a different way than some others do, huh?


39 posted on 12/30/2010 8:14:58 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Secret Agent Man

I long ago learned that “fact” and am what I am because of my experiences. See post 37 for edification.


40 posted on 12/31/2010 7:20:54 AM PST by OldPossum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson