Lucy - Intestinal Cancer

Discussion in 'Talk about your dog' started by Shelly Brown, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Shelly Brown

    Shelly Brown New Member

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    Hello! I have been searching the internet for advice and information and it has been so hard to find. I am happy I found this forum and welcome any words of advice or similar experience etc. I took my 11 year old Border Collie in for an Ultra Sound yesterday to see if she had bladder stones. She has had recurrent bladder infections lately. Turned out her bladder was fine but they came across a small tumor in her intestine and 2 small nodules in her liver.. ugg. This dog is like my child. I am devastated and so worried and just wish I could have a better understanding of all of this.

    The radiologist (big vet hospital well known) said she was pretty sure it was a Adenocarcinoma or Lymphoma but most likely Adenocarcinoma. I asked a few times but she wasn't really allowing any hope at all that it was benign. She feels the 2 small nodules in her liver are benign hyperplasia which is common in older dogs. Her lymph nodes looked fine and she said all in all her intestines etc looked good. There was just the area around this small (1 cm) andocarcinoma and the rest looked clear. She feels we caught this very early as a she is not ill and we would have never found this without looking for something else. She seems to think we have a very good chance of cutting this out and removing all of the cancer. Next step is to have chest X-rays this week. My vet also didn't give me to many answers on what to do. It is like pulling teeth to get their real opinions. There is the option of fine needle aspirates first or just surgery. My vet said the only concern with the biopsy is it could come back inconclusive and it could miss the cancer because the tumor is so small. I finally got her to say if it were her dog she would just go to surgery. My concern is if it s lymphoma it wouldn't be surgery it would be chemo.. so if we go in and cut this out and find out it is Lymphoma we put her through this awful surgery and should have gone another route. I asked the specialist about the surgery and she said it was simple (well cant be that simple) but she said it is usually not a horrible surgery they just in take it out and it is over. Both vets said recovery is fairly quick and 95% approx. do well without complication. They do not seem overly concerned about her being 11 because she is healthy right now.

    I would just like to hear others experience with similar situations and hopefully some positive information. It seems like everything I read online about this just says no hope.. maybe live a year with surgery.. and then the few pages that say it could be cured with surgery. Trying to get a cost on the surgery has been like pulling teeth as well. My vet wouldn't do the surgery at their hospital she would refer me back to the big hospital with the specialist. It is going to be so hard to pull this off financially so I am praying surgery cost comes in under 4k. I just have no idea on how much something like this costs. I tried finding details online and it shows me numbers all the way from 1k to 10k.

    I am also worried about taking a week or two to think over options and biopsy possibly and do the right thing because I am afraid it will rapidly grow and spread. Again so hard to get the vets opinions on any of this. They are so afraid to give a real opinion or advice.
     
  2. dora

    dora New Member

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    Dear Shelly Brown, no matter what you manage to do or do not the next period concerning doctors, my best advice would be to try to enjoy every single moment with your dog, make her happy and try to be happy yourself for her sake. It might not be easy to do that, but I think it is the best way to cope with it.
    Good luck and have hope
     

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