Today, Moush Moush will be feasting on a meal of fresh rats if I can find some in this building. It’s a celebration! She had surgery for myxosarcoma 6 months ago and from her oncology appointment last month, she appears to be cancer-free still and has no signs of metastatic disease. While her oncologist wasn’t doing cartwheels since he prefers to count years, I was doing them in my head.
The median recurrence for feline soft tissue sarcomas is 79 days, or less than 3 months. So, while Moush Moush isn’t in the free and clear, she’s beaten the odds so far. She is still taking Palladia—a newer, targeted cancer drug that works to prevent recurrence and even shrink inoperable tumors, but only if the cancer has a specific genetic mutation. This was Moush Moush’s only hope per her oncologist.
We don’t know if Moush Moush has the genetic mutation, although I am hoping that reaching this 6-month milestone means that she does. She had this same cancer 4 years ago, which resulted in an amputation of her front leg that should have been curative, especially after so many years, so if this were a recurrence of the original cancer due to the tumor being where her arm once was, it would be even more aggressive. Soft tissue sarcomas are very aggressive in general and have a poor prognosis if on the body due to the inability to get clean, wide margins—unless Palladia works, of course.
When Moush Moush’s regular veterinarian did a biopsy of the tumor I found this summer and called with the results, there wasn’t any hope and I literally fell to pieces as she’s all I have left, but her doctor told me to call her former oncologist just in case there were any new treatments. I had little hope, but thanks to the fabulous, specialty surgeon, her oncologist, and hopefully Palladia—a magic bullet of sorts—I still have Moush Moush by my side.
We have an even closer relationship as I know how close I was to losing her and I can only hope that despite many more follow-ups and tests, this is truly behind us forever.
Perhaps we got a break, at last.
Update: As of today, July 12, 2014, Moush Moush has been in remission for exactly one year. I hope with all my might that the Palladia continues to work to control the myxosarcoma she developed again a year ago. I wanted to offer hope to my readers who are trying Palladia for their own pet(s). My heart is with you…