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Old 07-19-2016, 03:26 PM
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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - Chemo?

My yorkie is 9 years old (10yrs old in Oct) and was diagnosed with CLL-Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. He is in stage 5, its in the bone marrow and lymph nodes.
The veterinary oncologist suggested starting him on an oral chemo but I am not too sure if this would be the best route for him. He has already endured so much in his life with past illness and being attacked by another dog which left him in surgery and in the ICU for a week a couple years ago.

Money is not my main focus. It is my dogs well being and quality of life versus life expectancy. I was advised by the oncologist that with chemo on average dogs can live 1-2 years. Without any treatment, she advised that he's looking at 4-6 months if nothing changes. So with chemo, I might be extending his life at least 8 months. But at what cost on his quality of life?

Has anyone else ever had to go through giving their dog chemo?
If so, what was your experience and would you put them through it again?

You're help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:52 PM
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I did chemo with my Scottie earlier this year. He had the oral pill CCNU, and I was in the same boat as you, but his cancer was far more aggressive and I was looking at days to weeks left of life if I did not try.

While it worked it was fantastic and he was back to his normal self from before he got sick. I am glad that I did it. It was insanely expensive, but I got an extra 4 months of good life from my best friend.
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I fortunately do not have to make that decision, but if I were in that position, I'm pretty sure I would go for the treatment, hope for the best, but monitor closely. When quality of life is gone, and the Vet says no hope for remission or recovery, the decision, then, IMO, has to be to end the suffering and let your baby go. I would be so thankful for any additional time, and absolutely shattered emotionally when that time came to an end.
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Sorry to hear about that. It sounds like the cancer is terminal, and you're just buying time. I've never had to deal with a pet having cancer thankfully.

I do know people that regretted taking chemo, my father being one of them. He was stage 5 lung cancer, non sympomatic when diagnosed and his quality of life was still good - tho he was terminal. The chemo bought him a few months but he regretted putting himself through it.

It's only you that can decide.
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