Neko

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

What the V-E-T Said




I went to see a specialist about my toe. She gave mom and dad a piece of paper that has all the information about my cancer. It has a lot of big fancy words, so I'll just copy the important stuff for you.

"Percy presented for further evaluation of an incompletely excised neurofibrosarcoma. These are malignancies but rarely spread beyond the area of local growth. The problem is completely removing the cancerous cells and this is more of a problem when the lesions are on the feet and legs. These tumors can send tendrils of cells beyond the area of the original growth that complicate the removal. Since they are relatively slow growing, so they are not very sensitive to chemotherapy. You can have radiation therapy to try to clean up stray cells if further surgery is not an option. The first recommendation for tumors like this is to repeat the surgery to try to get all the affected tissue. It is important to be aggressive with the surgery to try to get all the abnormal cells since that can cure the tumor and with each successive surgery it can become more difficult to remove what is abnormal. In some cases, we eventually recommend amputation of the leg id we cannot control the mass.

I recommend Percy have surgery to amputate the affected toe in and attempt to remove all the remaining affected tissue."

On the way to vet, I wanted to show mom and dad how angry I was, so I peed all in my carrier. Guess what they did to me when I got there? THEY GAVE ME A BATH!!! If that wasn't awful enough, when I got home all my sisfurs and brofor came and sniffed me forever. I liked the vet though, she was nice. She told me that she always wanted a big fat orange cat like me, and while I resent being called fat, I can't fault her for wanting a fabulous cat like myself.

So if looks like another surgery for me. I don't want to, but I know it's best. Mom and dad are still talking about when it will happen. I don't want to lose my toe, I happen to like it very much.

Thanks for all your purrs and comments, they mean a lot.

-Percy

22 comments:

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Oh Percy! We don't blame you for liking your toe. We like ours, too. We will be sending you healing purrs and puurayers.

Babs (Beetle) said...

Oh my! I am sorry that you will be losing a toe. You will manage very well without it though, and soon you won't even notice it's missing.

Purrs, Sukie X

Bonnie Underfoot said...

Poor Percy! We are rather attached to our toes! But it sounds like it will save your life, so... You're in good hands. Purrs and purrayers for you and your beans.

The Meezers said...

oh Percy, we wish you didn't haf to lose your toe too, but if it will get rid of all of the bad bad cancer and keep you around longer to be our furriend, then we will purrrrrr that you heal fast.

Daisy said...

Oh darn it, that paper just proves that the first vet was very, very wrong not to remove the whole toe the first time so you would not have to go through this again. I am very sorry Percy! But you are very brave. I guess we should be grateful that the tumor was in a part that can be removed instead of in a much worse place. When are you going to have the surgery? I am purring for you!

Mickey said...

Percy,I am sorry you will lose your toe,but it will make you better :) That is most important!
I will send purrs that everything goes well for you!!!!!!
Purrs Mickey

Riley & Tiki said...

We are very sorry that you will have to lose your toe, but very happy that the tumor is not somewhere worse. Vincent Who Came Before had a fibroarcoma on his hip. The first vet wanted to amputate his leg and part of his pelvis. Mommy thought that was too much so she took him to a different vet. He had several surgeries (the tumor came back, but there was no amputation) and radiation. And, the cancer did not get him! Radiation is hard to do on a toe, because radiation does bad things to bones. We hope that you heal quickly from your surgery and do not miss your toe very much. We are purring for you.

DEBRA said...

Percy

We are sorry to learn about your toe surgery. But, we are glad that you have a great Vet who is taking such good care of you. WE just want you to be completely healed. We will keep you and your family in our purrayers...

Purrs
Abby

Samantha & Tigger said...

We will be purrring and purraying for you Percy and your family! Sounds like you have a wonderful new Vet!
Your FL furiends,

Artsy Catsy said...

Oh, Percy, we're so sorry you're having to go through all this. But we're relieved that it's something that can be fixed. We'll be purring & purraying for you, and we're happy you have a beautiful Gizzy to recover on.

Rocky
& everykitty at Artsy Catsy

The Furry Kids said...

Percy, we're sorry you're going to have to lose your toe, but you don't want the bad cancer to spread. Hugs and purrs to all of you.

MISS PEACH >(^.^) said...

Dearest Percy! I am so sorry to hear this bad news about another surgery! That first Vet should be tarred and feathered!
I like my toes too but losing one and gaining a better life is a far better option in my book ol pal! Look at your pretty Gizzy you have to sleep on from now on...know you are much loved and how all of us cats care for you.
Love Miss Peach

jenianddean said...

Oh Percy! I wouldn't want to lose one of my toes either. I love all my toes, but if it is best for you, then I guess you should do it.

We will be sending you purrs.

-Jasper McKitten-Cat

DK & The Fluffies said...

We hope if you do have to lose a toe, it will be painless. We're keeping you in our thoughts and sending lots of nose bumps!

Boy said...

Oh poor Percy! I'm sending purrs and purrs for you! But if it's going to make the cancer go away, I think that's ok. Purrssss...

Derby said...

Dear Percy everyone should have a big orange cat. We make people smile.

Purrs on your toes that your beans make the best decision for you and them. Mum kisses my toes all the time, if they take them away I won't get as many kisses.

Tiger Lily said...

Poor Percy! I can understand why you like your toe but I think it may be easier to lose one toe than to have the cancer tendrils keep moving up your leg. It sounds like this should cure you! We hope so!!

We will purrrrrrrrrrr and wag our tails very hard for you and your family.

Jemima, Zeke, Sushi, Tiger Lily and Ruckus

Karen Jo said...

I am very sorry that you will have to lose your toe, Percy, but it sounds like it will get rid of the cancer forever, so it's for the best. I understand how fond you are of your toe and how you hate to lose it, but it will make you all well again. I really hope it doesn't hurt too much afterwards. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Team Tabby said...

Dear Percy, we haf just read thru your blog and we are so sorry to hear that you haf been thru such a bad ordeal. Sadly, you ended up facing the complete removal of your toe. You and your beans haf found a more knowledgeable vet and since you must lose your toe to keep healthy, you need to be brave. We are sending loads of purrs 'n purrayers your way,

take care......Mindy & Moe

Kaz's Cats said...

Oh Percy, we're sorry that you've got to have more surgery, and that you'll lose your toe. It sure beats the alternative though, and you'll get around fine even without your toe. We'll keep purring and purraying hard that the surgery goes well, and that you get all better afterwards, 'cos we want you around for a long time yet.

Purrs & gentle headbutts

Gypsy & Tasha

maureen said...

I hope your next surgery goes well. BTW, you have a very cute belly.

jane said...

I hope you are ok Percy. You do look very beautiful on your Gizzy Quilt, it complements your fur very well. Good luck with your impending operation :)