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    diane New Member

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    hi my dog frankie at 11 years old lab staff cross rescue dog has a diagnosis of histolic sarcoma he has just come home from overnight ct scan at small animal hospital which advises us that he has tumours in lymph glands and spleenl. he is due to start chemo this weekend but am worried re effects.vet has told us it may not work and we will see deterioration in two weeks are we saying goodbye already to our frankies normal character if we start chemo as he will never be same he has pain relief for his osteoarthtitis can I have opinions please as am extremely confused and worried thankyou he is eating drinking walking pooing and weeing ok he even still chases cats
     
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    Hello. I'm so sorry for you and your Frankie. Our 13-year-old, Elliott, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. We worry about the same things. He had chemo today and, so far, is doing well. We don't want him to suffer and we refuse to put him through anything that will make him very sick. Talk to your vet and get all the facts. Quality of life matters. Prayers for you and Frankie.
     
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    prayers for you and elliott too. we decided not to start chemo as his cancer is too aggressive and side effects will cause problems only to delay inevitable. right now we have our frankie back he is on painkillers which are working well vet in agreement so just enjoying him until cancer decides to take him then decision will be made. wish your elliott well have good idea what you are going through xx
     
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    Hi Diane. Thanks for your reply. We don't know what stage Elliott has right now. We do know he has mild perihilar (lung) and sublumbar (spine) lymphadenopathy on x-ray. His other areas of swollen lymph nodes are below his jaw, scapula, and behind his knees. I don't know what this means as far as staging. They sent a specimen to Colorado to find out if he has T-cell or B-cell lymphoma. They did a bone marrow biopsy yesterday, so we are waiting for results of that too. Based on that, we will make our decision whether to continue with chemo. I'm just not feeling it. It's just delaying the obvious. We don't want him to suffer. Poisoning him to get more time is selfish. I know what it does to humans. I refuse to have him deal with it as a 25 lbs. Cocker Spaniel. This sucks.

    I'm not impressed with the vets we've seen. They aren't very friendly. The office staff are 50/50. I nearly popped the receptionist yesterday. She was flat out unsociable and unprofessional. My husband is coming with us next Monday. Hopefully by then we will know what the tests show.

    Prayers for you and Frankie. We know when it's time to let our pups go to the Rainbow Bridge. They seem to tell us with their eyes. Take care.
     
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    you need to have faith in the vets hopefully they will prove better for you. frankies eyes say an awful lot as you say its probably only way we will know when its time.
    if you are happy to share I would be happy to support you on your journey with elliott and I will talk about frankies journey.
     

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    I talked with the office manager/receptionist yesterday. She told me to write down questions and concerns so that when the vets call back with the test results, I can be ready to talk to them. She's very nice. The vets haven't explained anything to me about lymphoma, prognosis, etc. I've read more online. When we woke up this morning, Elliott was bright, barking, wigging his tail/butt (that's a Cocker Spaniel trait! :) ), and he was sniffing the fresh air on our walk. We had hot and humid weather, but now it's nice after the storm blew through yesterday. :) YAY! He is eating and drinking and voiding normally, but he sleeps more because he is taking Benadryl twice a day. I'm worried about his breathing. He looks and sounds different now. I know he has nodes in his lungs. They found them on x-rays last Friday. I told my husband this morning that it's all about quality of life. Why subject him to suffering side effects from chemo which won't make him feel better. I don't need quantity of life. He's 13 and he hasn't been hospitalized or suffered from anything major his whole life! It's unfair. I know what happened to his brother (not by birth), Alex, when he contracted renal disease. The vets drowned him with IV fluids. I'll never forgive myself for letting them give him fluid replacement and overloading him all in one day. Forget that! Until I hear from the vets, I'll get that list together. It won't be a long one. I think I'll only have to ask/tell the vet a few things.
     
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    you are thinking pretty straight with regard to what you want for Elliott.
    our Frankie has been doing pretty well, hes been enjoying his walks, enjoying socialising with dogs he would have normally barked at, eating meals and sleeping well. until this morning, I had to carry him home from his walk as his legs gave way, he wouldn't touch his food this morning and he has been sleeping most of day upstairs which is abnormal as over all this he cannot get any closer to us.
    I am worried now that things are gonna come to an end pretty quick I know they said it was an aggressive cancer but when you see him enjoying life you cant believe it is happening to him.
    I will keep you posted, my husband got some painkillers down him at dinnertime and we are gonna put a meal out for him tonight see if he will take it. :(
     
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    Praying for you, your husband, and Frankie. Having been in similar situations with two of our three other Spaniels, I feel your pain. This is awful. I would contact your vet for guidance if you need it. Thinking of all of you at this very sad time. Keep me posted.
     
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    Try hempworx cbd (cannibidoil from organic hemp) oil, I've talked to people who have shrunk their dogs cancer drastically with this stuff. It's also good for inflammation, arthritis, pain and a host of other benefits. I started my dog on it and myself, they have pet formulas and human. Dont delay because it takes about 5 business days to get here, give or take depending on where you are.

    Also look up the dog cancer book by are Schneck, good book with advice how to treat your pet holistically.

    There is so much other than what your vet can offer by way of nutrition, supplements, etc. Starve the cancer with a low carbohydrate diet, plenty of filtered water and let them rest while their body fights.

    Another thing good, healthy dogma has critical care support with colostrum and wild mushrooms to boost immunity.

    Blessings to you all!!!
     
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    how did you get on with vet today am thinking of you. frankie is still with us albeit not eating very much and sleeping more xx
     
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    thankyou
     

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