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This website is dedicated to the memory of my cat, Jack. At age 9 years old, he succumbed to this horrible disease.


Jack was first diagnosed with VAS back in June 2002. He had a rapidly growing tumor in his shoulder area. The VAS came from a leukemia vaccination received in the scruff of the neck in April 2001. Jack died on September 5, 2003.


I decided not to pursue traditional treatments of radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy because I didnt want to put him through it. At the time of diagnosis, Jacks oncologist gave him 3 to 6 months to live. He lived for over 14months with VAS.



Progress Report


September 5, 2003

       Jack hasnt eaten much in the past 2 days.

       Today I prodded him, pressing his abdomen and arms and legs, so that I could feel where he is uncomfortable and in pain. Sadly, he seems to be in pain almost everywhere, making noises I have never heard him make before. I gave him 1 pills of Torbutrol for pain.

       The reason for Jacks outstretched arms in most of the photos is that he must have felt pain in his left shoulder when bending his arm.

       Jacks constipation is very bad and an enema did not help. He doesnt have the energy to use the litter box.

       Today I made the very difficult decision to have Jack put to sleep. We went to the vet at 5:00 PM and Jack received an injection of anesthesia. Within 30seconds,  Jack was gone.

       Jack will be cremated.


September 3, 2003

        Jack has gone from being carried to his food in the living room, to having his food carried to him in my bed. He was still eating, if only a little bit. I supplemented his food with Petrocal high calorie supplement.

       For the past week or so, I have noticed an inflammed soft spot the size of a golf ball on Jacks right shoulder. At first I thought this was another part of the tumor, but was informed it was probably an inflamed lymph node, indicating the cancer has entered Jacks lymphatic system.

       Jack has lost another pound he now weighs 10 pounds (down almost half his normal weight of 18 pounds).

August 22, 2003

       Jack has lost another pound he now weighs 11 pounds.

       I give Jack his medications on an irregular basis. He is now taking: Torbutrol (for pain), Cansema powder, Cansema Tonic III, Cell Forte, and Colace (for constipation).

       Jacks tumor is HUGE on his left side, and has flattened out on his right side.


August 5, 2003

       As you can see from the photos, the tumor is growing on the sides more now than on the top.

       Jack has lost another pound he weighs 13 pounds (down 5 pounds from his normal weight) he feels like skin and bones. His appetite is sporadic.

       After discontinuing all medications, I re-started Jack on Cell Forte every other day and Cansema every other day.

       I give Jack Torbutrol for pain every other day, when he seems uncomfortable.


July 19, 2003

       Jack spends all day in one spot on the carpet. He rarely moves except to eat and go to the litter box.

       Jack has lost another 2 pounds. He is not eating well. I have been feeding him by hand and bringing his food to him. He is also constipated.

       I gave Jack Torbutrol every day for the past 10 days. He has been too sluggish, so I have discontinued it.

       I switched from regular IP-6 to Cell Forte (with Inositol) but I think that made Jack constipated.

       I have decided to discontinue all medicines to get a good baseline on how he is feeling.


June 30, 2003

       Jack has had VAS for ONE YEAR now.

       Jacks tumor is shaped like a football helmet and is getting larger mostly on the sides. It is the size of a small melon.

       He has lost an additional 1 pound. His vet gave him some pain medicine, Torbutrol, for a few days, but Jack didnt seem to perk up so we discontinued it; hes probably not in a lot of pain yet (he obviously is uncomfortable, though).

       I have added the Cansema powder back into Jacks regimen, giving it along with the Cansema Tonic III.

June 12, 2003

       Jacks tumor is now the size of half a softball.

       He continues to eat; however he has lost 2 pounds in the past 2months.


May 26, 2003

Jacks tumor has spilled over both sides of his shoulders, so that I can no longer feel his shoulder blades.


April 11, 2003

       Jacks tumor continues to grow unabated.

       Vet exam shows he is doing OK otherwise and probably has at least a couple months of life left.

       He continues to sleep most of the day and the tumor is slightly painful to the touch.

March 31, 2003

Begin gradually increasing the dosage of Cansema Tonic III from the recommended20 drops (50 ml) per day to 30 drops per day (75 ml).


March 23, 2003

       After several weeks of difficulty administering the Tonic III to Jack by eyedropper, I began putting the tonic into empty gel capsules to insure a full dose.

       Jacks tumor continues to grow


February 27, 2003

Changed from Cansema capsules to Cansema Tonic III.


February 24, 2003

The new tumor is still growing and is now bigger than the original lump felt back in June.


December 26, 2002

Jack begins his 7thmonth of life since his diagnosis. Since he was only given 4 to 6 months to live at that time, this is a significant milestone.


December 17, 2002

Only a single tumor can now be felt in between shoulder blades. It feels like the original lump felt in June 2002.


December 3, 2002

A second small hard tumor felt in between shoulder blades


November 20, 2002

Another small hard tumor felt in between shoulder blades


October 26, 2002

Tumors are no longer noticeable

September 26, 2002

Tumors seem to be smaller


July 26, 2002

Started Cansema therapy (capsules)


July 11, 2002

Started IP-6therapy


June 25, 2002

Diagnosed with VAS


 Early June, 2002

First felt a lump in between Jacks shoulder blades



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