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Silvio added to Sponsored Dogs

May 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments



UPDATE 5-13-2011—

Everyone, please meet Silvio! He is my 3 year old Pit Bull who has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Silvio has been the love of my life since he was 7 weeks old. Here is Silvio’s story:

March 15, 2011— A lump was noticed in Silvio’s left shoulder. I made an appointment with his vet (Dr. Berg/Animal Care Center) to have the lump examined. I was informed by his doctor that this was probably a cancerous tumor. I was absolutely devastated for Silvio.

March 17, 2011— A biopsy was done on the mass and it was confirmed that Silvio’s mass was an active sarcoma. It was cancer. Dr. Berg explained that surgery would have to be done and that he would try to remove only the mass and part of the muscle, but most likely Silvio would need to have his front left leg amputated to fully remove the mass and to ease his pain.

March 25, 2011— Silvio had a surgery/amputation of his front left leg to remove the mass. What we thought was an egg-sized mass actually turned out to be a billiard ball sized mass. Dr. Berg explained to me that the mass was lifting and separating Silvio’s shoulder as he moved, and that the amputation was the only way to remove the mass and ease his pain. Removing just the mass and a portion of the muscle was not an option because of the size and location of the mass.

Silvio had his surgery at:
Animal Care Center
7 Enterprise Drive
Danville, PA 17821
(570) 275-6064
Dr. Ken Berg (Silvio’s regular vet and surgeon)

April 8, 2011— Silvio was re-examined and had his staples removed. Dr. Berg recommended chemo, and that I get Silvio started with his chemo treatments as soon as possible. We set an appointment up with Dr. Jeglum at the Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center for April 18, 2011!

Silvio needs 2 different chemo medicines (Adriamycin and Cisplatin), they will alternate each treatment and he’ll have 6 treatments total (3 of each medicine). The treatments will be about 3 weeks apart. He’ll also have to have blood work (CBC tests) done 7-10 days after each treatment to make sure his red/white blood cell count is normal. Silvio has already had 1 Adriamycin treatment and 1 Cisplatin treatment.

April 18, 2011— Silvio had his very 1st Adriamycin chemo treatment. Silvio handled this treatment very well with VERY little side effects. He had no nausea, and just slight fatigue.

May 3, 2011— Silvio celebrated his 3rd birthday!!!

May 10, 2011— Silvio received his 1st Cisplatin treatment (this is his 2nd chemo treatment out of the 6 total that he needs). This treatment is harder on Silvio than the Adriamycin treatments. Silvio is very tired and week after receiving the Cisplatin medicine.

I’m doing everything in my power to give Silvio the happiest and healthiest life that he could possibly have! He really means the world to me and to the rest of my family. Silvio is considered my child, a nephew, cousin and Granddog to other family members. Please help us to help him fight and beat his cancer!

Silvio is being treated at these 2 veterinarians:

Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center
Dr. K Ann Jeglum
739 E. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
(610) 692-6272


Animal Care Center
Dr. Ken Berg
7 Enterprise Drive
Danville, PA 17821
(570) 275-6064

Thank you,
— Cassandra (Silvio’s Mom)


Update 5-18-2011—

I will not be taking advantage of the $1,000 your organization had offered us for Silvio’s cancer treatments. I am heartbroken and saddened to have to tell you that I had to say goodbye to my little Silvio. He was doing so well until this past week. He began to have excruciating pain. I took him to our Vet for Xrays and more blood work. Dr. Berg found another mass growing back, and Xrays showed that the cancer has spread to Silvio’s chest. Silvio was now suffering. We could have done radiation to lessen his pain but it wouldn’t change my baby’s fate, it would only prolong it. It would have been extremely selfish of me to put him through that, for just a little more time. My friends and family came over yesterday to spend the day with us and to say goodbye to Silvio. Even Silvio’s 2 Chihuahua friends came to see him. He had a pretty good day compared to the last week. I wanted to let him go on a good note and when he was feeling the best that he possibly could. I believe I did that. Last night I stayed with Silvio until he was gone. He was ready to go. I could see it in his eyes. He could barely move, and he cried every time that he did. I’m so heartbroken, but I’m comforted in knowing that he isn’t in anymore pain and that cancer can’t hurt him anymore. I loved this little boy more than I’ve ever loved anything.

Please award this $1,000 to another family in need! I appreciate that you were willing to help us, I’m saddened that we couldn’t get that far.

— Cassandra

CCA allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Silvio’s treatments. We are deeply saddened by Silvio’s passing. In Silvio’s name, these funds will now go to other families in need fighting canine cancer.

To donate in Silvio’s name, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tags: Osteosarcoma

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cassandra (Silvio's Mom) // May 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing Silvio’s story. His memory will live on within our hearts. He was my pure love. Please say a little prayer for Silvio as he begins his new journey. I hope that the donated money will help another family and their furbaby to win their battle against this awful disease. Bless you all!

  • 2 Jennifer // Jul 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I am saddened by your story and offer prayers of support your way. One day maybe a new little boy can be part of your life and get to bask in the love you offered to Silvio. Rest In Peace Silvio, Peace to his mom.

  • 3 Steph // Jul 28, 2011 at 6:13 am


    I was so saddened to read your story. We have a 6 year old mastiff (Cane Corso) with osteosarcoma. They wanted to amputate and do chemo. We opted for the radiation and infusions to help calsify his bone after the radiation, due to the high cost of the amputation. He is back to his playful ways after the radiation. But we are aware how this moves to their chests. We know we have a limited time and your story really hit home with me. RIP Silvio. Hugs to you and your family.

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