My girl Aliki is 14 1/2 and has survived several cancers and a rear leg amputation and is still doing well. My younger boy Skylos is 12 and has survived one cancer and is full of pep and also doing well.
Aliki was diagnosed in March, 2004 with osteosarcoma of the rear distal tibia. She was treated with amputation and two courses of chemotherapy. She was then diagnosed in August, 2006 with transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder which was treated successfully with Piroxicam, then in February, 2007 an enlarged nipple was diagnosed from a cytology FNA as probable for mammary carcinoma. This has seemed to regress with no treatment. Our girl is currently disease free of all malignancies. Skylos was diagnosed with an oral malignant melanoma in September of 2005. Mandibulectomy and chemo. were recommended, however review of the pathology by my husband and a colleague who specializes in human melanoma indicated that this was not an aggressive lesion and he was treated only with a deep re-excision. He has had no recurrences and is also free of disease at this time.
Aliki and Skylos have been published in The Dirty Beards Quarterly, Spring 2008 edition.