What's "normal" during chemo protocol

Discussion in 'Canine Lymphoma' started by Carlotta Cooper, May 13, 2017.

  1. Carlotta Cooper

    Carlotta Cooper New Member

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    My dog Blue is about six weeks into chemotherapy for his lymphoma. The vet is using a form of the Wisconsin protocol that was given to him by the University of Tennessee. Blue had five weeks of treatments and no treatment this week (just bloodwork). My vet is out of town so I haven't gotten the results of the bloodwork back yet. Blue has been doing great this week but I noticed this morning that the lymph nodes under his jaw are starting to swell again.

    Is this normal after going over a week without the chemo treatment at this stage? Do the lymph nodes usually swell when there is a short break in treatment? He's been doing so great since he started treatment. I've been feeling optimistic that he would go into remission. I felt so awful when I found the nodes slightly swollen this morning. He's still got a great appetite and lots of energy. I'm just worried.

    He's due to get his next treatment Wednesday or Thursday. I just don't want him to get worse before then.
     
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    4-year old Bruno New Member

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    Hi Carlotta - if your dog was technically in remission, you should call your doctor to let him or her know that the cancer is back. They will most likely want to change protocol since the drug he was on is no longer effective. As my doctor says, there are at least 10 other medications available as options. UW Madison and CHOP are the best, evidence-based protocols we have based on recent studies. With my Bruno, his original treatment plan (he was at Stage IV) was 4 weeks + 4 weeks again of CHOP (weekly chemo). He responded well to all drugs except for Vincristine. I wish you good luck and hope your dog is taking the treatment well.
     
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    Am wondering what to do for my dog Mindy, a 14.5 year Lhasa Apso. Mindy was diagnosed Dec 26 2016 with lymphoma and went through CHOP protocol. Then, Mindy received the Merial canine lymphoma vaccine in two-week intervals, 4 times. She was in remission for 3 months after completion of the Merial vaccine...which is actually less than anticipated with the vaccine. I noticed the night before she was to receive a booster of the vaccine, that one of her lymph nodes was enlarged. The next day, the vet confirmed my fear that the lymphoma had re-emerged. Mindy was restarted on RESCUE chemotherapy, this time a new drug developed by Colorado State University ~ Tanovea. Treatments are every three weeks, 5 times. She did well the first (and maybe second) day afterwards but has since had diarrhea (treated with Metronidazole) and a little bout of barfing (treated with Cerenia). When I weighed her this morning, she was down 2 lbs. which really has me concerned because I cannot get her to eat. She's ok with fish one day and chicken the next, then won't eat. I'm worried that she is going to develop Cachexia or anorexia...

    Suggestions on how to get her to eat would be EXTREMELY appreciated. PS, many apologies if I am posting in the wrong place. I am new to this site. Thank you.
     

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