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Oct 31 2013

Charley’s home!!!…..and CT update

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The surgeon said the CT scan looks clear except for the cancer that’s in the prescapular lymph node.  Lungs, heart and everything else looked good.  There was some increased uptake along the border of his abdomen where she thought could be a deeper cancer or scar tissue, but she aspirated it and all she saw were fat cells.  The radiologist will have to review the scan to give a definitive, but and we won’t know until tomorrow (Friday) or Wednesday (Dr. Luther is out of the office Mon and Tues).


Charley is scheduled for surgery to remove the lymph node next Friday 11/8.  The surgeon obviously won’t be able to get clear margins because the structures near the prescapular lymph node are his jugular vein and trachea.  It would be considered a palliative surgery just like his amputation was considered (versus curative).  Dr. Luther (surgeon) has already consulted with Dr. Buss (oncologist) and the treatment options are chemo, radiation, or a combo of both based on the histopathogy of the lymph node tumor.  The surgeon says that it’s rare that OS mets to the prescapular lymph node (typically lungs or bone), but Charley’s case has not been typical since the beginning and he’s still here 3 years later.


All things considered, the news could have been worse.


Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!


  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley! xoxo 

Charley collage 10.31.13

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16 responses so far

16 Responses to “Charley’s home!!!…..and CT update”

  1.   Michelleon 31 Oct 2013 at 9:32 pm     Reply1

    That is pretty good news. I am still going to pray that you get good enough margins that it won’t spread anymore. Hang tough Charley. We are praying for the best news yet for you and that you will continue to fight this nasty disease for a long long time. Look at you smile. Love these pictures

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

    •   Charley's Momon 01 Nov 2013 at 9:37 pm     Reply2

      Thank you Michelle and Angel Sassy!
      Hugs and chocolate kisses,
      Ellen and Charley

  2.   benny55on 31 Oct 2013 at 9:59 pm     Reply3

    YAAAAAAAY for fat cells!! Just plan YAAAAAAAY for everything avout Charlie!! CHARLIE THE AMAZING!

    So glad he’s home and hope he’s feeling 110% quickky! He is such a trooper! Definitely NOT “typical”

    Charley, I kee scrolling backmup to look at your pictures and just cntinue to smile!! You are a beautiful soul so full of joy and so full of happiness! This by has a lot more living to do!!

    We’re just lapping up all these chocolate lab kisses over here!! Keep ’em coming Charley!


    Sally and Happy Hannah

    •   Charley's Momon 01 Nov 2013 at 9:38 pm     Reply4

      Thank you Sally and Happy Hannah!
      Hugs and chocolate kisses,
      Ellen and Charley

  3.   Angel Abby's momon 01 Nov 2013 at 10:03 am     Reply5

    That sounds like mostly good news! Let’s hear it for the fat cells! Hopefully once they get in there they can get rid of more of those nasty C cells than they think they can. Keep fightin’, Charley!

    •   Charley's Momon 01 Nov 2013 at 9:38 pm     Reply6

      Thank you Angel Abby’s mom!!!
      Hugs and chocolate kisses,
      Ellen and Charley

  4.   murphsmomon 01 Nov 2013 at 10:05 am     Reply7

    All in all, it sounds like a pretty positive outcome, particularly since it’s Superdog Charlie. We all know that he will give it everything in his power to keep on keeping on. We will be thinking of you.

    Kathi and Murphy

    •   Charley's Momon 01 Nov 2013 at 9:39 pm     Reply8

      Thank you Kathi and Murphy!
      Hugs and chocolate kisses,
      Ellen and Charley

  5.   fetchon3on 01 Nov 2013 at 12:20 pm     Reply9

    Ok, you’re right. It still could be a lost worse. Paws crossed for continued “decent” news in this battle against OSA. Celebrate the weekend!
    ~ Katy & Jackson

    •   Charley's Momon 01 Nov 2013 at 9:39 pm     Reply10

      Thank you Katy and Jackson!
      Hugs and chocolate kisses,
      Ellen and Charley

  6.   Linda Morriceon 01 Nov 2013 at 5:34 pm     Reply11

    Tucker and I will continue to keep our fingers and paws crossed until Charley and you are through this next hurdle.

    Isn’t it wonderful when a lump turns out to be fat cells….Tuck has had his share of those!

    Hugs and prayers

    Linda and Tucker

    •   Charley's Momon 01 Nov 2013 at 9:39 pm     Reply12

      Thank you Linda and Tucker!
      Hugs and chocolate kisses,
      Ellen and Charley

  7.   Anita McDermotton 02 Nov 2013 at 12:03 pm     Reply13

    Sounds like better news than you had before. Continued prayers for a great outcome, an uneventful surgery, and recovery.

  8.   Liz Masion 03 Nov 2013 at 12:00 am     Reply14

    I’m so happy for you and Charlie! Prayers and loving wishes for you both! Great job Charlie! Such a strong, courageous doggie!

  9.   jerryon 03 Nov 2013 at 9:50 pm     Reply15

    Charley, you can beat anything I just know it. Whatever happens next, you will conquer the scary parts like nobody else can. I hope things go very, very well and you keep on beating that cancer like always. Here’s to YOU kid, you are my hero.

  10.   Kristinaon 04 Nov 2013 at 2:21 pm     Reply16

    Like you said, Charley hasn’t followed the predictable course, so why start now?! He can beat this! Sending prayers for strength and healing : )

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