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Old 11 January 2018, 04:04 PM
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Default My dog has cancer, and is getting chemo

I just needed somewhere to write this down, to get it out.
R2, my two year old lab mix, has been diagnosed with t-cell lymphoma, and has just started chemotherapy. Early December last year, my wife had to go to her parents, and I was home with the dogs. I noticed a large lump (really large, like 5"X 3"X 2") on his leg. I took him to the vet, and they thought it might just be a bruise, based on how quickly it appeared. They couldn't get any fluid out of it when they tried at the time. They said to monitor for a week, and if it didn't get better to bring him back. I brought him back, and they took a biopsy . With Christmas going on, it was delayed, but when it came back was inconclusive, but definitely a round cell tumor. They needed to do a blood test, so we had them do that. When I took him to get the sutures from the biopsy removed, they had the results back, and referred me to a veterinary oncologist.
Based on what they saw, they ruled out a few things, but needed to do a few more stains to determine exactly what could be done. By this point, he was starting to have trouble breathing. There were a couple of sleepless nights this week as we tried to soothe him. The vet thought that the most likely cause was a high grade Mast cell (?), and there was indication that it had spread to his lymph nodes. After staying up all night, and seeing him in distress, we called to see what could be done. She got him on steroids, which helped a bit.
They got the stains back really fast, and found it is lymphoma. Not good, but apparently a bit better than a high grade mast cell. The steroids have shrunk the tumor, and he has had his first treatment with no apparent side effects. He's back to wanting to play ball all the time. We know that he likely doesn't have a lot of time left, which hurts with him being as young as he is, but we at least get a few more months with him, and he is doing well enough that he can chase the ball at the park.
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Old 11 January 2018, 04:36 PM
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Oh, Darth Credence. I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm glad they got him feeling better again, and I hope he has the best outcome possible.
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Old 11 January 2018, 04:37 PM
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I'm so sorry, Darth.
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Old 11 January 2018, 04:40 PM
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I'm so sorry, Darth. (HUGS)
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Old 11 January 2018, 05:04 PM
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Oh man! I've been there with the dog seen in my avatar. Hopefully the cancer will go into remission.


Damn you cancer!
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Old 11 January 2018, 07:20 PM
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I also hope for a good long remission.

I had a cat once whose treatment was supposed, if we were lucky, to get him another couple of good weeks. He got over three years, during almost all of which he showed no signs whatsoever of being ill. Different kind of cancer, but will hope; and will hope that you get longer yet.
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Old 11 January 2018, 07:41 PM
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I'm very sorry, and I hope he continues to react well to the chemo.

My sister's dog Pepper was expected to live 30-90 days with her cancer, but with chemo, she lived 18 months.

May R2 go into remission as quickly as he became ill.

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Old 11 January 2018, 08:00 PM
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I also hope for a good long remission.

I had a cat once whose treatment was supposed, if we were lucky, to get him another couple of good weeks. He got over three years, during almost all of which he showed no signs whatsoever of being ill. Different kind of cancer, but will hope; and will hope that you get longer yet.
One of my friends just put her cat down in November, three and a half years after he was given six months to live for his cancer. I spent a lot of time taking care of him when she went on trips.

Hopefully, DC, your dog will respond well to treatment and have a long, happy remission.
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Old 11 January 2018, 08:54 PM
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Thanks everyone. I'm just taking all of the extra time as a gift, and enjoying what we get.
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Old 12 January 2018, 01:41 PM
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Oh man! I've been there with the dog seen in my avatar. Hopefully the cancer will go into remission.


Damn you cancer!
We went through that with our last lab. That was nearly 20 years ago.

hoping the treatment goes well.
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Old 13 March 2018, 02:52 PM
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He was just too far along, and he didn't respond to the treatment. They had a different one to try, but its hard on the liver, so we had that tested. His liver was gone, so nothing else would work. He finally stopped eating and playing with his ball, and it was time.
RIP, Artoo. I'm glad we got an extra few months, but you were just too young.
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Old 13 March 2018, 03:00 PM
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I'm so sorry. I'm sure Artoo had a great life with you, and you did your best for him at the end. I wish you could have had more time.
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Old 13 March 2018, 03:25 PM
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I'm so sorry, Darth. Thank you for making the hard decision.

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Old 13 March 2018, 04:01 PM
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Darth, I am so sorry. You know that you did your best.
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Old 13 March 2018, 06:23 PM
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Thanks, everyone. It was hard, but it was the right thing to do. BB-8 looks like she is still feeling sad about it - we adopted them together, so she has been around him the entire time they've been with us.
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Old 13 March 2018, 06:39 PM
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If possible, show BB-8 the body, so she knows what happened and won't be looking for him.

IME this doesn't seem to be needed or useful in some cases, but it can be useful in others.
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I'm so sorry to hear about R2, Darth Credence. My condolences to you and your family.
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Old 14 March 2018, 02:10 AM
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Virtual hugs.
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Old 14 March 2018, 09:13 AM
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He finally stopped eating and playing with his ball, and it was time.
RIP, Artoo. I'm glad we got an extra few months, but you were just too young.
Yes when a lab (or lab mix) stops eating, it is a pretty clear sign. I am so sorry Darth Credence.
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Old 14 March 2018, 12:52 PM
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Grief is the price we pay for love ~Said by the owner* of 2006 KY Derby winner Barbaro after he succumbed to laminitis.


It still sucks loosing a pet though. Condolences Darth.



*IIRC her name is Barbara Jackson
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