Stupid Dog Cancer

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Stupid Dog Cancer

Post by PurpleMustReign » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:44 pm

My older dog was mostly officially diagnosed with Lymphoma. :cry:
I will be meeting with an Oncologist on Monday to determine treatment, etc. Unfortunately, this cancer is not curable, it is only treatable. The best treatment only buys about a year. He is almost 10 years old, so he has had a full life, but it still sucks. He is still my boy.
Anyone else gone through this kind of thing?
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Re: Stupid Dog Cancer

Post by Mothman » Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:30 pm

PurpleMustReign wrote:My older dog was mostly officially diagnosed with Lymphoma. :cry:
I will be meeting with an Oncologist on Monday to determine treatment, etc. Unfortunately, this cancer is not curable, it is only treatable. The best treatment only buys about a year. He is almost 10 years old, so he has had a full life, but it still sucks. He is still my boy.
Anyone else gone through this kind of thing?
Yes, and it's hard. I'm sorry to hear this news because I know a good pet is like family and I know you love your dogs. I went through something similar with a cat I had for 13 years. He developed kidney disease.

Hang in there, my friend. Hopefully, the treatment will go well and remember, those estimates are just estimates. Some people, and animals, exceed them, sometimes by a good margin.

Just keep lovin' him and do what you can do for him... he'll appreciate it. :)
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Post by S197 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:08 pm

PurpleMustReign wrote:My older dog was mostly officially diagnosed with Lymphoma. :cry:
I will be meeting with an Oncologist on Monday to determine treatment, etc. Unfortunately, this cancer is not curable, it is only treatable. The best treatment only buys about a year. He is almost 10 years old, so he has had a full life, but it still sucks. He is still my boy.
Anyone else gone through this kind of thing?
Unfortunately, yes. But as you said he's had a full life so all you can really do now is make him as comfortable as possible and spend as much time as you can with him. One thing you may want to look into is if there are any vets in your area that make house calls. It's always a heartbreaking decision, but if the time comes, it's a lot easier (for you and the dog) if you can say goodbye in the comfort of your own home rather than at the vet.

Sorry to hear the news my friend.
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Post by Kansas Viking » Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:30 pm

Been through it in the past and probably will again in the very near future. So sorry to hear about your dog Josh. I hope things go well for him and he gets plenty of care and love. My thoughts are with you.
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Post by BGM » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:48 pm

So sorry to hear this. Been through this too many times. We treasure every day with our two "babies", and dread the day we will have to say goodbye. Until then, they are loved, as I am sure your ol' boy was.
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Post by PurpleMustReign » Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:39 pm

Well, after much thought and weighing the payment options, I decided to give Chemotherapy a try. It is pricey, but I would regret it if I didn't at least try it, since I was able to come up with a plan with my finances to afford it. Chemo isn't the same in animals as it is in humans, so their quality of life doesn't drop (or it isn't supposed to at least).
I am hopeful, but still nervous about the whole thing.

Wish Monte luck... He will need it!!

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Post by Kansas Viking » Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:02 pm

This is a stupid question, but will he lose his hair?
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Re: Stupid Dog Cancer

Post by frosted » Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:08 pm

Wow - this truly breaks my heart. I hope everything works out for the best.
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Post by PurpleMustReign » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:16 pm

Kansas Viking wrote:This is a stupid question, but will he lose his hair?

No, which is another difference between human Chemo and animal Chemo. He may "thin" in some spots, but he won't go bald.
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Post by Mothman » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:38 pm

Good luck, Monte!

... and good luck, Josh. Hang in there and please, talk to us if you need support. We're here for you.
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Post by Cliff » Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:47 am

I'm sorry you and monte are having to go through it. I dread the day I have to face it with my dogs. I hope things go as well as possible with the treatment and you guys get all the time possible together.
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Re: Stupid Dog Cancer

Post by jackal » Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:42 pm

I'm very ,very sorry ...

My Nikki (German Sheppard) died of bone cancer and various tumors...

The first dog I ever had was a Beagle (Casey) a great dog for a young boy.

I was young and loved him. I should have put him down sooner. He couldn't even
stand at the end, to go to the bathroom. I will never let a dog, go that long again.
It's a very, very hard choice, but when my dogs time ends, I choose to end, their suffering.

I admit, I still cry thinking of my beloved dogs...
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Re: Stupid Dog Cancer

Post by The Breeze » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:24 pm

So, I had to read this thread after reading the Stuart Scott thread.

I almost afraid to ask....but what's the latest?

Had a great cat with lymphoma....was a helpless feeling.
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Re: Stupid Dog Cancer

Post by PurpleMustReign » Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:59 am

He's responding well to the chemo so far, and doing very well. It is pricey, but very worth it to me so far :-)

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Re: Stupid Dog Cancer

Post by The Breeze » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:25 am

PurpleMustReign wrote:He's responding well to the chemo so far, and doing very well. It is pricey, but very worth it to me so far :-)

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That's good to hear!
Nice that you can afford the treatment and he's responding to it.
Go Monte!
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