Well, the news isn't good at all. Doc has a 4x4x4 cm right atrial mass (inside his heart). Without a biospy, the cardiologist can say he's 99.9% sure it's a hemangiosarcoma, and even in the 1% off chance it's benign, it's inoperable anyway.
Doc is twelve. If he was, let's say 4 or 5 years old, I'd feel ripped off by the powers that be. He and I have had a good life together and we still have some time left together before he let's me know it's time for the last goodbye. Also, another way to look at the situation? Let's say the cardiologist said "this cancer is treatable, we do a surgery, we do radiation, chemo, etc" and of course you're left sitting there having to make a really tough decision.
My decision was made for me on the spot once you hear the word "inoperable". I do a daily monitioring of his heart and respiratory resting rate and that will tell me exactly how far along the disease is progresssing. His abdomen was tapped and relieved of the fluid build up (3 liters were removed, talk about a build up!) and he's back to his chipper self, for now. I'm smothering him with love & attention, I think he thinks he has already died and gone to heaven.
Here's a pic "grandma" took of us the day after he got his belly drained, he felt sooo much better after that procedure! I love my little buddy.