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2016 SAHARA'S - CANINE Bladder Cancer

Organized by: Karen Hulmes

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March 05, 2016

SAHARA'S THIRD CHEMO treatment is Tuesday.  In 2 weeks we have to go back to Purdue  University to have more tests. Please help support me See More


Recently, though little Sahara has been slowly losing weight and just a week ago I discovered some urine in her blood.  I immediately took her to my veterinarian and just today have been delivered the sad news that she has bladder cancer.   I'm devastated but am told it's hopeful because the tumor within her bladder is operable and in a "good place".

The surgery was be performed by Werner Animal Hospital in Morris Plains,  NJ (Dr. Brown and Dr. Werner) and the bills currently are   around $3,000.00. Unfortunately the tumor was wrapped around the bladder and could not be removed so Chemotherapy is needed. Another $3,200.00 will be needed. The Oncologist is Dr. Alsarraf at Animal Emergency and Referral Services in Fairfield, NJ) . It is not like me to ask for favors but this little girl has been here for me through my own battle with Lyme disease and she is truly my best friend.

2-28-16 Update:

Sahara has been accepted into the following trial for Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the bladder.  This way she will be helping other dogs in the long run to hopefully successfully fight Canine Bladder Cancer.

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine


Dogs with Transitional Cell Carcinoma

  • Description: This study is to determine the anti-tumor activity of Zebularine, and to select a dose that has antitumor effects, but does not cause unwanted side effects.
  • Eligibility: Biopsy proof of TCC
    • Tumor mass in bladder or urethra measurable by ultrasound or other imaging tests
    • Expected survival ≥6 weeks
    • Normal liver function
  • Financial Incentive: Zebularine will be provided at no cost to the owner.
  • Primary Investigator: Dr. Debbie Knapp

If you can help her by donating toward her Chemo treatment it would be very much appreciated.  No amount is too small and honestly I'd pay almost any price to help her.  I feel that the decision to this is her last chance at a happy outcome.

I am willing to provide bills or test results to anyone would like them.  Please help me if you can to help this little dog who has meant the world to me.

Thank you and please keep ME in your prayers.



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