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