Dog With Brain Tumor Gets Second Chance

A Tennessee man traveled across state lines to find his dog treatment for an aggressive tumor.

Posted: December 19, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Sirus with junior veterinary student Steve Tutelo and his owner, Marc Mandeville, a day before his surgery.
Photo courtesy Sarah Carey

A Boxer in Tennessee will have the opportunity to celebrate another Christmas with his owners thanks to treatment he received for a brain tumor from veterinarians in Florida.

After Sirus began having seizures, his owner, Marc Mandeville, took him to the veterinarian. A scan revealed a mass in the left part of his brain; a biopsy revealed it was an aggressive, cancerous tumor.

After the diagnosis, Mandeville scoured the internet searching for treatment options. He found an article that detailed an advanced method for destroying tumors that consists of a single session of potent – and pinpointed – radiation called stereotactic radiosurgery, or SRS.

Veterinarians at the University of Florida were using the technique on animals – a procedure not available anywhere else in the southeastern part of the United States, according to University of Florida officials. Mandeville called the university to find out if Sirus was a candidate.

“I told him this was probably Sirus’ best chance for long-term survival,” said Rossi House, veterinary neurology resident at the University of Florida.

Mandeville took 6-year-old Sirus to Florida in October of this year, where he underwent the procedure.

The surgery was successful and Sirus is now recovering at home. Mandeville reports that Sirus hasn’t had any seizures since the procedure and is doing well.

“In our [Mandeville and his wife] minds, the cost was a small price to pay for a member of our family,” Mandeville said. “What we do know is that we did everything that we could have possibly done to help him, and that we feel good about. When it comes right down to it, we weren’t ready to give up.”

After all Sirus has endured, Mandeville said he’ll get plenty of toys and treats for Christmas this year.

“Sirus loves Christmas,” Mandeville added. “The night before he is always restless because he knows there will be presents under the tree for him.”


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Rena   Ocala, FL

1/22/2008 7:05:43 PM

God Bless you Marc for doing that for Sirus. I used The Vet College in Gainesville for my precious Maltese, Lacy. They were wonderful! As far as the cost to save our beloved pets-It was a 'no-brainer for me (as I am sure it was for you) to decide which would I miss the most-the money or my dog? Money can be replaced! I hope Sirus does well for many years.

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MusherMaggie   Memphis, TN

12/29/2007 2:10:22 PM

What wonderful owners to go this extra mile for their fur baby. Hope this procedure becomes more widely available for more animals and more types of tumors.

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Katie   Suwanee, GA

12/19/2007 1:01:16 PM

What a sweet story! Merry Christmas!

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Mary   Battle Creek, MI

12/19/2007 12:43:06 PM

I'm so glad he's better. I would be so sad if my dog was that sick.

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