Beeley’s Story – Prostate Cancer
Beeley is an 8-year-old Leonberger, who came to Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue hospital for a second opinion for his already diagnosed prostate cancer. Every pet is special to their owner but Beeley is completely irreplaceable for his owner as he is her assistance dog.
Beeley is under the care of both Dr Laurent Findji and Dr Gerard McLauchlan. The first thing the team decided to do was a CT scan so they could see exactly what was going on. Beeley had previously visited Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology for treatment of his hips and spine. It was the metal from these surgeries that would block a clear view on the CT image. So our imaging team needed to use SEMAR (SEMAR stands for single energy metal artifact reduction), which enables the metal artifacts to be significantly reduced, and the prostate to be seen despite the metal.
From the CT both Laurent and Gerard were concerned that Beeley’s cancer could have extended to his urethra and so Gerard performed a cystoscopy. The cystoscopy enabled Gerard to take biopsies, which will enable the team to know whether surgery will be the best option for Beeley.
Whilst the team await the results of the biopsies, Beeley was started on chemotherapy to treat his already diagnosed prostate cancer, which was done intra-arterially. Intra-arterial chemotherapy is delivered directly to a tumour using fluoroscopy (live video x-ray). This increases the concentration of chemo delivered to the cancer and therefore hopefully its effectiveness.
Beeley has now gone home to continue his important job of looking after his mum but will return to us when we have his results.