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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

How's Maggie doing?

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Some of you may remember our story about Maggie, the UMass Memorial Medical Center therapy dog diagnosed with cancer in her snout. Owner Mike Kewley recently sent us news about Maggie's condition -- and word that he has adopted a golden retriever puppy named Sadie. Here is his update:

Maggie was at Tufts on Tuesday for her regular appointment. Her exam and blood levels were normal. Maggie received chemo and steroid injections into the tumor. She will be starting radiation to control the tumor if possible. There is no easy way to prevent the cancer from spreading so we will have to enjoy every day we have with her. The treatments have their limits and surgery to remove her nose and front teeth would be too involved. Quality of life is very important to me for her. If the cancer is a grade 2, surgery and radiation would help control the cancer; if it's grade 3 the chance of metastasis [or spreading] in the future is very high. She has been doing very well, with little side effects. Sadie keeps her busy but is sometimes overwhelming and Maggie needs a break. We are going to do a short visit today with one of the nursing homes in Shrewsbury.

-- Meg Woolhouse

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(Maggie visits with a young cancer patient at UMass Medical Center in Worcester this summer, Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

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