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Becky Kincade - kitty needs chemo treatments

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UPDATED INFORMATION 6-28-07

Hi Angels, we have new information for Becky.

Becky's vet would like to do a bit of testing before starting treatments.

The testing is $672. We have $275 for Becky in her fund. We need to raise $397 for Becky to have the necessary tests.

Once the test results are in, it is likely that Becky will be a good candidate for chemo. The vet is currently recommending 5 treatments, at a cost of $375 each, to be given at 3 week intervals.

Donations should be earmarked GF - Becky Kincade. Hopefully we can give Becky and her Mom some wonderful quality time together.

Many thanks Angels.

Vicky / IMOM

ORIGINAL INFORMATION:

Diagnosis: Oral mass and mammary tumors

Amount of estimate: $1500-$1800. Applicant has nothing to contribute. We need to raise $1500 to reach the low end of the estimate.

Spayed or neutered: Yes

Case worker: Vicky

Here is am excerpt of what Becky's Mom, Mary, has written about her:

Becky (my "Angel Girl") is a very special 13-year-old kitty that I have had in my life since she was approximately 6 weeks old. She has been through a lot in her life, starting with being literally thrown out in the street by her owner, along with her littermates, when approx 6 weeksold. I rescued them and took care of them until they were ready to go to good homes. Becky just stole my heart and so I decided to keep her.

Please visit Becky's IMOM PIN page here:

http://www.imom.org/pin/general/becky-kincaid.htm

Once you have heard from Becky's Mom, please consider making a donation to help Becky.

www.imom.org/donations.htm

Thank you Angels. Becky is a very pretty kitty!

Vicky / IMOM

Edited by vickyimom

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Hello Mary and Becky;

Welcome to IMOM! I just know the angels here will help Becky get all the funds she needs to fight cancer!

Wondering what procedures will be done to Becky? I'm well versed in Mammary cancer in a cat, with Puddles one of the cats in my rescue having to go through it. The recommended procedure according to Puddles specialists is removal of both mammary chains, as cats chains are linked and the cancer can travel easily from one side to another. This needs to be done as two surgeries, about a month apart. then about a month later chemo. Puddles chemo was five rounds of chemo, three weeks apart. She was clean for 13 months and is now undergoing more chemo as her cancer came back in her lungs.

I'm hoping Becky is being seen by an oncologist? Please explain what your vet has planned and ask them about what Puddles had vs what they have planned for Becky. I just want to make sure she gets everything she needs to fight her cancer!

On a good note, Puddles has handled her chemo really really well. The oncologists said cats usually do. They use lower doses of chemo in animals than they do in humans. Their goal is to keep the animal happy while undergoing it's treatment.

Becky is a very pretty cat! I hope IMOM angels can help you get her in remission and she can enjoy many more years with you!

Nancy

P.S. Did they do x-rays or an ultrasound to see exactly where the cancer is ?

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Any medical advice should always be confirmed with the attending veterinarian. There are never any two cases alike and therefore should never be compared.

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Diagnosis: Oral mass and mammary tumors

Amount of estimate: $1500-$1800. Applicant has nothing to contribute. We need to raise $1500 to reach the low end of the estimate.

Spayed or neutered: Yes

Case worker: Vicky

Here is am excerpt of what Becky's Mom, Mary, has written about her:

Becky (my "Angel Girl") is a very special 13-year-old kitty that I have had in my life since she was approximately 6 weeks old. She has been through a lot in her life, starting with being literally thrown out in the street by her owner, along with her littermates, when approx 6 weeksold. I rescued them and took care of them until they were ready to go to good homes. Becky just stole my heart and so I decided to keep her.

Please visit Becky's IMOM PIN page here:

http://www.imom.org/pin/general/becky-kincaid.htm

Once you have heard from Becky's Mom, please consider making a donation to help Becky.

www.imom.org/donations.htm

Thank you Angels. Becky is a very pretty kitty!

Vicky / IMOM

Thank you so very much IMOM for accepting Becky for fundraising! I have hope now that I will be able to help my special little girl through this awful disease.

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I will start the fundraising with a donation in honor of the newest CRF Angel kitty on the crf board.

Let the donations begin!

Kathy

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Sweet!!! Thank you Kathy. You are the best.

Have you seen Becky's picture? She is a tripod kitty!!! Hasn't she been through enough?

Angels please help this girl! Cancer is so scary and time is of the essence. This is doable!!!

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Thank you all so very much in your interest in my Angel Girl, Becky. She has been through a lot during her life and she has helped me through a lot in my life...now I have to help her beat this cancer. We adore this little girl so very much...she has the sweetest soul on earth! We appreciate every penny that is donated for her and hope you receive many blessings in return for your kindness.

~~Mary & Becky "Angel Girl" Kincade

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Hello Mary and Becky;

Welcome to IMOM! I just know the angels here will help Becky get all the funds she needs to fight cancer!

Wondering what procedures will be done to Becky? I'm well versed in Mammary cancer in a cat, with Puddles one of the cats in my rescue having to go through it. The recommended procedure according to Puddles specialists is removal of both mammary chains, as cats chains are linked and the cancer can travel easily from one side to another. This needs to be done as two surgeries, about a month apart. then about a month later chemo. Puddles chemo was five rounds of chemo, three weeks apart. She was clean for 13 months and is now undergoing more chemo as her cancer came back in her lungs.

I'm hoping Becky is being seen by an oncologist? Please explain what your vet has planned and ask them about what Puddles had vs what they have planned for Becky. I just want to make sure she gets everything she needs to fight her cancer!

On a good note, Puddles has handled her chemo really really well. The oncologists said cats usually do. They use lower doses of chemo in animals than they do in humans. Their goal is to keep the animal happy while undergoing it's treatment.

Becky is a very pretty cat! I hope IMOM angels can help you get her in remission and she can enjoy many more years with you!

Nancy

P.S. Did they do x-rays or an ultrasound to see exactly where the cancer is ?

Hi Nancy,

Thanks so much for your concern, kind words and good wishes....it means a lot to me. The vet did a chest x-ray of Becky to see if she had metastasis, but that was clear. Other than that, no x-rays or ultrasounds. The surgical specialist wants to remove the whole chain of mammary glands on one side; he did not mention taking the other side as well. I don't know what will happen with chemotherapy, as she has not seen an oncologist yet. She has only seen her regular vet, a surgical specialist, and internal medicine specialist (who did the biopsy of the oral mass). I had read somewhere else on the internet that it was recommended to remove both mammary chains, and this is something I will bring up to the surgeon. Of course, I want to give her the best chance for pain-free survival, so I will do all I can to do that. I am also interested in working with a holistic vet to help with her treatment, but that is all according to the money situation (unfortunately).

I am so sorry to hear that your kitty's cancer returned in her lungs. I wish you and her the very best....many blessings are sent your way. Have you considered trying alternative/holistic methods to help with her treatment?

Thank you again for caring about me and my little tripod kitty.

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Becky is a beautiful little tripod girl!

Let us know what the surgeon says....I *think* the estimate was for removing both mammary chains.

Hugs to Becky!

Vicky / IMOM

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Becky Kincaid, I have good news for you today. Celia and her not-so-rottendogs have sent in a dontion in honor of Tracy and Cody which brings Becky to All Funds Raised. Celia (and the rest of us) want so badly to help Tracy and Cody. Celia is helping Becky in their honor. Thank you Celia. I know Cody would approve of you helping a pretty girl kitty.

Go ahead and schedule surgery. Vicky will be in touch as soon as she's able.

Juli

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I have written Mary and let her know the wonderful news for Becky. Hopefully, she will be able to get to the forum soon.

Celia, I don't know how to say thanks to you and the Rottenangels, other than to just blurt it out -

THANK YOU CELIA - YOU ARE AMAZING! You've made one heckuva difference in the life of a needy little furry, and the people that love her, today.

And to Tracy and Cody.....you are in my prayers, now and always.

Vicky / IMOM

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Oh my goodness....I am at a loss for words! I am so totally in awe of you beautiful souls on IMOM!!! Thank you, thank you a million times over for raising the funds for my beautiful little "Angel Girl" as she is the love of my life! And Celia, what a wonderful person you are....thank you doesn't seem like enough, so think of it as one thank you to you for every single minute of every day that Becky is with me because of your donation. May God bless each of you! I am calling the vet tomorrow to schedule Becky' surgery and will let everyone know what is going on.

~~Mary & Becky "Angel Girl" Kincade AND all of her furry housemates that live with her 'cause they love her too :)

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Celia, what a sweet and wonderful thing you have done, helping Becky get to All Funds Raised in honor of Tracy and Cody. You are an amazing angel.

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Becky Kincaid, I have good news for you today. Celia and her not-so-rottendogs have sent in a dontion in honor of Tracy and Cody which brings Becky to All Funds Raised. Celia (and the rest of us) want so badly to help Tracy and Cody. Celia is helping Becky in their honor. Thank you Celia. I know Cody would approve of you helping a pretty girl kitty.

Go ahead and schedule surgery. Vicky will be in touch as soon as she's able.

Juli

OMG Celia, what an incredibly sweet and wonderful gesture in honor of my boy! I am going to have to apply to the IMOM Tissue Fund after that :biggrin: I am so happy to read that the sweet and very well-deserving Becky will get her treatment. Of course, Cody very much approves of Auntie Celia and the not-so-rotten dogs helping a pretty girl kitty cat :):banana: We are just in awe, and like Becky's mom, at a loss for words. Bless you, Celia, and all your critters, for your generosity.

:hugs:

Tracy, and Cody too of course :heart::stripekitty:

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Wow! this is so cool!!! Thank you so much Celia and RottenAngels for helping Becky in Cody's honor!!!

Can't wait to hear that Becky has had her surgery and is back home with her loving family!

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There are Angels :Angel15::Angel15: and then there are :Angel15::Angel15: ANGELS :Angel15::Angel15:.......

Celia you are a true :Angel15::Angel15: ANGEL :Angel15::Angel15:. Thank you for all that you do.

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Hi everyone, This is Becky's mom. I have questions and do not know who to ask. I am told all funds were raised for Becky's surgery, then called the vet to schedule surgery and they are telling me that funds up to $1500 were raised, but anything over is my responsibility. The estimate I was given was $1500 to $1800, and I think that only included one mammary chain and I really think she needs both mammary chains removed (for best chance of beating this cancer and long-term survival). I am confused, don't know what to do and want to get my "Angel Girl" taken care of quickly. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much...you guys are absolutely AWESOME!!!

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E-mail your caseworker and/or gf @ imom . org (remove spaces) so that they know about this. They'll be able to help you out, call your vet or whatever you need.

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Update?? What's going on? Is surgery scheduled?? Bumping this topic up.

Celia

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Becky;

I think that if they remove both mammary chains, it's two surgeries. They don't have enough skin to remove both chains and then close them back up...or something like that...

Check with your specialist and then write your caseworker here. If Becky needs more funds for a second surgery or something, I bet they will move her back to General cases and raise more money or do something else to help you!

Don't panic...Becky's funds are in for the first surgery and that's a good thing!

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Hello everyone,

Thank you all so very much for your concern about my little tripod Angel Girl (who needs 4 legs when you have 2 wings? :) The surgery is not scheduled yet, as I could not get in touch with the contact person at the vet's office to settle the issues (concerning if the money was enough for one or both mammary chains, etc.). The person I talked to, who really didn't know anything about the case but was just going by the notes in the chart, said that the money raised was $1,500 and that I would be responsible for anything over that (with the high-end of the estimate being $1,800, but I believe that was only one mammary chain). She told me to call back on Monday as the contact person regarding Becky wouldn't be in the office until then. So I will be calling them tomorrow to hopefully get things going, and I will let everyone know what is going on.

My Angel Girl thanks all of you IMOM angels (esp. Celia!) for caring about her and her plight. She sends many head bumps, licks, purrs and nuzzles to you all. I will post again tomorrow to update.

Many blessings to you all,

Mary & Becky "Angel Girl" Kincade

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The estimate from the vet is as follows:

oral mass removal only $650

mammary suregry (both sides) only $$1200-1300

Oral mass removal, AND mammary surgery, both sides, $1500-1800

We reached the low end of the estimate for doing BOTH the oral mass, and both sides of the mammary surgery. Mary, most if not all vets will go ahead with surgery with a guarantee of the low end of the estimate. Yes, the reaminder (should it go over) would be your responsibility.....IMOM only fundraises to the low end of estimates. Please talk with your vet on Monday about going ahead with Becky's surgery. It's important to get it done, SOON, for Becky's sake! I've already faxed a letter of guarantee to your vet.

If you need to get in touch with me (or anyone from IMOM) you are to write us at gf@imom.org

Hoping for good news for Becky tomorrow!

Vicky/IMOM

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Hello everyone,

I spoke with Becky's vet's office today and the contact person there told me that the $1,500 to $1,800 estimate they gave me was for the oral mass and for one side (left side) of the mammaries only, not both sides. She said if they were to do both sides, they would have to do it in two surgeries and it would be an additional $1,200 to $1,300!!! I her to schedule Becky's surgery for the oral mass and the left side mammaries as soon as possible, and she gave me their earliest appt which is 05/31/07.

And...when it rains, it pours....last night I had to take one of my other purr-babies, Jack, to the emergency vet with a urethral blockage (FLUTD) from struvite crystals in the urine!!! This has happened to him once before. Poor little boy, he is only 3 years old and has this chronic urinary problem and chronic asthma as well. He was a feral before I adopted him, but he has now turned into the sweetest little boy on the planet and I adore him. Fortunately, the emergency vet agreed to set up payment arrangements with me where I could pay over 3 months (I still don't know how I will do that, but one way or the other I will).

So with my Becky's additional surgery and Jack's problem....I am sincerely praying to win the lottery!!! If you guys could pray for me as well, I certainly would appreciate it.

I will keep you guys updated on Becky between now and surgery time as well. You all are a blessing! Thank you again for your help.

Mary & Becky "Angel Girl" Kincade

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