Brain Cancer Case Study

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I still remember the fresh and clear day when Riley first came into our family. He was sprinting around the border of his new backyard and dashed into each room of his new home as he hunted for treats and toys to play with. But I also remember his last day before he passed away. He finished his final moments by walking around the border of his backyard, reflecting upon the joys and obstacles he faced through his life, and made his way through the house to each room, looking back upon the memories he made with his family and his “special girl.” My dog, Riley, lost his life to brain cancer. According to Riley’s file at Essington Road Animal Hospital, his weight was fluctuating at a range between 10.8 pounds and 9.6 pounds with great signs of …show more content…
According to this data table, certain patients were diagnosed with certain diseases such as meningioma, glioma, and primary CNS lymphoma. According to NeuroPetVet, statistics show that “[T]he incidence of brain tumors in dogs and cats has been reported from as low as 14.5 in 100,000 dogs and 3.5 in 100,000 cats to as high as 2.6% in dogs and 2.2% in cats.” Although the percentage rate is low in numbers, the cases for dogs that have been diagnosed with brain cancer is very severe and difficult to treat. In addition, NeuroPetVet also reports the common age a dog is likely to be diagnosed with brain cancer: “The median age across multiple studies is approximately 9 years in dogs.” In other words, the likelihood for dogs to have brain cancer in their older ages is due to the fact that as they become older, their normal bodily functions will begin to deteriorate. When Riley was diagnosed with cancer at 13 years old, he didn 't possess the same physical characteristics compared to his earlier years in life. He spent most of his days resting on the sofa and taking a few short bathroom breaks in between, but he didn’t have the strength or excitement to go for a walk or play with his friends. In addition, acupuncturist Marie Cargille reports the effectiveness of conventional treatment being combined with alternative treatment: “After surgical treatment of solid tumors, survival rates were 35 percent with no supplementation, while with supplementation the rate was 62 percent. When the treatment plan included chemotherapy as well, the survival rate was 27 percent without supplementation and 53 percent with supplementation” (Cargill 4). This demonstrates that for all dogs, there is a specific and specialized form of treatment for every patient. However, statistics show that certain combinations such as surgery, chemotherapy, and supplementation has a

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