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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…


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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Featured Walk – Puppy Up! Fort Collins, Colorado

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 2, 2010

Claire and Bailey just before her surgery in 2006.

Special Thanks to Guest Blogger Claire Preston

On May 22, 2006 I lost my 12 year old Cocker Spaniel, Bailey.  She had liver cancer and developed complications immediately following the surgery that was supposed to extend her life.  Losing her left a gaping hole in my world.  She was the bright spot of each and every day of the 9 years we spent together.  My fondest memory of her will always be her role as my co-pilot during our cross-country drive when she and I moved to Colorado just five short months before she died.  She smelled every rest stop and hotel room along the way, was fascinated at the sight of black squirrels in Iowa, barked at cows

Claire, Luke, and Murphy at Estes Park in August 2010.

in Nebraska, and then thoroughly mapped out every inch of our new home as if it were her most important assignment ever.  She was my co-pilot, my protector, and my best friend.  She stayed with me in our new home long enough to make sure I’d be okay without her, looking out for me until the very end.

“Cancer.  Touches.  Everyone.”  Not for much longer if I can help it.  Cancer took Malcolm from Luke Robinson, but he decided to fight back.  Cancer brought Luke and Murphy to my doorstep in Fort Collins where Murphy started fighting back.  Cancer took my Bailey and now it’s my turn to fight back by joining Luke and 2 Million Dogs in their quest to eradicate cancer.  And my precious little Bailey will be my co-pilot every step of the way.

Please join our fight against cancer on November 7th.  A cancer-free world starts with one dog, one mile at a time.  Register for the Fort Collins, CO walk  here or visit our local website.  If you can’t join us that day, please consider making a donation on my personal fundraising page.  Thank you for your support!

Claire Preston

Fort Collins volunteers, brainstorming over lunch.

Treasurer & Ft. Collins City Leader

Sunday, November 7, 2010
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Rain or Shine

Fossil Creek Park
Oval Pavilion
5821 South Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO  80525
Fossil Creek Park

Schedule of Events:
12:00 PM – Registration, Check-in & Festivities Begin
1:00 PM – 2 Mile Walk Begins
4:00 PM – Event Concludes

For much more info, please see our local website at http://www.PuppyUpFC.com

Vendor Booths, Demonstrations, Raffle, Prizes, Music, Food and more!
Arrive early ~ goodie bags will be given to the first 100 registrants to check-in.

Pre-register online by November 5th = $20.00/person
Day-of registration = $25.00/person
(Registration fee can be donated by you or fund-raised.  Kids 14 and under are free!)

CONGRATULATIONS go to Fort Collins for raising the most funds! Their special guests will be Hudson, Murphy, and Luke!

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