Hello - I received my ICES today and am hopeful the I can give my boy better quality of life.
I have gone through the tutorials, and still have some basic questions:
What is ideal treatment time in minutes/hours? It is simply “the more the better”, or does it vary depending on what your are trying to treat?
How many days/weeks/months is typical to notice improvement?
I’m wondering what would be the most effective placement for my dog’s specific condition - a mass between his 1st and 2nd rib thats pressing on the nerves supplying his right forelimb. I’m thinking my options are opposite-side coil configuration on each shoulder, but that would put the distance between the coils at around 10-12 inches. Or maybe stacked configuration on his chest? Or stacked configuration on his right shoulder?
Any input would be helpful.
A little history: He is a very lean 50lb pit mix with a history of soft tissue sarcoma. Has had surgery to remove the original mass under his shoulder blade 11/19, and radiation on a secondary mass on his first rib 3/21. He has done well until 12/21 when he started limping. Imaging has shown a mass between his 1st and 2nd rib that could be a recurrence of the mass or fibrosis from the radiation. He has lost most of the function of his right front forelimb due to the pressure of the mass on the nerves that supply that leg and the muscles of his shoulder are atrophied. His pain is somewhat managed by medications. In spite of everything, he can bounce along on three legs pretty happily and enjoys most of his usual activities.