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Hello ACCTS (Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society)
Wanted to send in my cancer progress story now.
Approximately May 30, 2014 there was a tiny puppy found in a box in a park in Whitehorse Yukon. June 1, 2014 I took that puppy home and he got the name Bentley. He has been a terror growing up through his puppy years chewing railings in the house or stealing homemade a turkey casserole off the counter just before thanksgiving Sunday dinner. He’s been on hikes across BC, Alberta and the Yukon.
On February 5th, 2018, Bentley was taken to his vet as he had lumps on his glands under his chin and I also noticed one under his arm pit. My vet did a biopsy that day and on February 13th we got the news that Bentley was diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma cancer. I immediately researched lots of options and costs and it seemed like Bentley might not have much time left. Feeling very devastated, we were sent to the CARE centre in Calgary to speak with an oncology specialist for dogs (I didn’t know they existed until then).
On February 14, 2018, we had an appointment with Dr. Victoria Larson and her team at the CARE centre, who were extremely compassionate and informative, giving us all the options with no judgement on any decision that I would have made.
With no minimal treatment, Bentley was given approximately 2 months to live. With full treatment we were quoted $7800 approximately. The statistics are varied on the outcome but regardless I needed to try everything I could to save my now 3 year old box puppy.
As of April 19th, 2018 we are on week 6 of 25. We are behind schedule as his white blood count takes longer than normal to get up so it delays treatment by a week at a time.
Bentley is in full remission from his cancer with tons of energy and feeling well. Still out pulling me on my skis and running lots and playing hard.