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Old 11-08-2012, 07:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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in 1997 I adopted a 10 year old beagle who shortly after was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor high up on her hind quarters.

she was referred for treatment at the Veterinary College (same one that is treating our sophie now). I remember them doing buffy coats (lab tests) to determine what they were up against. she was successfully treated with surgery and medication/chemo. she lived to be 16 years old and was healthy the whole time.

will be thinking of you. keep us posted
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My Harley had MCT, his was on stomach area and had two surgeries within six months. His lump was quite small about the size of rice. He didn't have chemo treatment but he was on steroids plus 3 or 4 different meds. Cancer spread to lymph six months after I found he got MCT. Harley looked healthy and was a very active boy, he had very good appetite until three weeks before he went to heaven.
He crossed the bridge 7 months ago (April 2012), 16 months after I first found his tumor.


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Old 11-09-2012, 08:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Can anyone recommend a raw diet for a dog with cancer? She won't eat her normal food but she will eat fresh food. Right now we have been giving her canned salmon and apples (what we have here that she will eat).
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:54 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Basically I generally put a cancer dog on a primarily meat diet, including some organ meat, eggs, yogurt and other sources of fat and protein. Minimal carbohydrates as most cancers feed on sugar. I don't think raw or cooked makes much difference, I do both.
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Something happened between me leaving for work and my husband waking up and she seemed to bump it or something because it ruptured even though it didn't appear to be growing at all the last couple days. She is spending the day being watched at the vet and I am hoping they will move her surgery up as a result, just be rid of this stupid leg already. Our vet is watching her and is going to call the oncologist to discuss what to do now. Thankfully the steroids have had an excellent effect and her swelling has gone way down. I was up with her 2-3 hours this morning before that and she seemed to be doing really great, walking around, wagging her tail, etc. I've been sleeping in the living room with her to keep her company and she actually woke me up.

I've heard that broccoli and tomatoes are supposed to help. Do you think there is any truth to that?
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Checking in for those that may find the thread later.

Lila is now just over 3 months as a tripod. She was hopping by herself the day we brought her back, and other than one bad throw-up fit this week she has not had a single problem either with the amputation or with the chemo drug Palladia. She has figured out how to climb on and off the couch without help. We had been going to the vet every week, then every other week, and now every month, and she has not found a single sign of cancer remaining.

She has another ultrasound and thorough exam in May and if all goes well she will be off chemo and just be under observation indefinitely.

She's a trooper

For those wondering on cost for comparison sake her amputation was $2700 and the palladia is about $400/month for 6 months. Adding in specialist vet bills the entire treatment will cost around $8000-$9000.
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Bless Lila and you....She's fortunate that you are what you are.
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Glad she's doing well!
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Been away from here for a while and am now catching up. Lots of healing drool and love to Lila and your family.
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Bentley and I send our thoughts and prayers to Lila and your family. My brother in law had an Australian Shepherd that had his hind leg amputated due to cancer and he did well. It didn't take him long to adjust. I realize its a different breed but the trauma was worse on family than on dog. Good wishes
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