updated 11/08/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/08/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
Ashlan Gorse did a double-take one day this summer when she looked at her dog’s elbow.
The E! News correspondent’s rescue Husky seemed to have an unusual bump on one of her front legs, and after she couldn’t stop thinking about the bump, even after a night’s sleep, Gorse took her dog Aurora to the vet.
The bump turned out to be a nerve sheath tumor, and it was cancerous. Had the tumor been detected later, doctors may have had to amputate Aurora’s leg, but Gorse’s double-take spared the 6-year-old dog, who underwent surgery to remove the tumor.
Then began six weeks of daily radiation. “Every. Single. Day,” Gorse emphasizes. “It was a three-hour ordeal every day for six weeks, and she was such a trooper.”
Gorse drove Aurora to the Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, from her home in West Hollywood, right after work, and Aurora kept her head up throughout the whole process.
“She never changed her demeanor, even when she was in a lot of pain,” Gorse says. “The hair falls off and the skin gets really tender. It makes almost like a third-degree burn on the arm.”
Since completing the radiation therapy in mid-September, Aurora has been cancer-free. Gorse feels lucky and grateful to have caught the tumor early and to have been fortunate enough to pay for Aurora’s care.
“It’s very expensive to treat your dog, and thankfully, I was able to do that,” Gorse says. “It’s so nice to know that there are other ways to treat your animal than just giving up on them. At the end of the day, your animal’s never going to give up on you.”
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