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Archive for December 16th, 2010

Murphy — Preliminary Analysis of PET scan

Posted by Erich Trapp on December 16, 2010

Luke posted this to the 2 Dogs 2000 Miles blog 12/16/10.

It’s almost certain Murphy has new tumor growth in two areas one of which is causing breathing problems. Dr. Withrow is still consulting with the radiation team and we’re meeting back at CSU at 9am. As of yesterday afternoon we discussed putting a scope up there and biopsying the new tissue just to be sure but the PET scan really wiped Murphy out and I’m unsure about performing the procedure today.

If there is new growth this is where it becomes problematic. From my understanding when we finished up the first round of radiation in September the game plan was let’s take a look at it in four months and if the tumor’s still there let’s hit it again until we shrink it completely or it can be removed surgically.

But re-radiating the tumor can have some potentially deleterious side effects. Hopefully we’ll know more in a few hours…

ADDENDUM –

Luke posted videos of Murphy’s scan to his blog. I am not able to load them here, so please see Luke’s blog here to view the videos.

These videos are from my consult with the radiation oncology team at CSU this morning. The news was devastating even though I felt something was wrong a few weeks back. I haven’t watched them and don’t know if the dialogue is audible. I’ll try to post later tonight to let everyone know where we’re at but I just don’t have the strength for explanation and elaboration right now. All I want is to be with my boy.

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Christmas Caroling in Old Town, Fort Collins, CO

Posted by Erich Trapp on December 16, 2010

Thanks to Hope Lisle who shared some of the photos she took of everyone enjoying some Christmas Caroling in Fort Collins!

Luke, Hudson and Murphy, Jonathon Stalls, Jeanette Thomason and friends.

"So, will you be singing baritone on this number?"

"Sopranos always sit stage left."

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