08-29-2016, 11:46 PM
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We got a bad update this morning. The tumor started growing back already. It burst through the sutures and is now visible. It's only been 11 days since the surgery. The pathology results came in and it is a intermediate soft tissue sarcoma. Our vet, who is very young and just started working in June, was not optimistic at all and gave an estimate of 3 months to live. She expects it has already spread and said it has a high chance of spreading. However, the biopsy didn't pull any cancer cells, and chest x rays from 4 months ago were clean as well. Also, her bloodwork is perfect. She has no symptoms at all besides her leg lump. She's still running around and playing with toys.
She says there's no treatment, and just spoil her and let her go. She did prescribe Prednisone as that has been known to make them smaller, and we're keeping her on antibiotics. I'm also trying some homeopathic things in addition - hemp oil and frankincense oil. I figure it can't hurt.
A possible courses of action she mentioned would be amputate the leg, but at Ginger's age and with the recovery/quality of life after, she doesn't recommend, and we wouldn't want to put Ginger through that either.
She also mentioned radiation, but that it typically doesn't work, and the only way to do that is to fly Ginger down to Washington to have it done. Now this is where I'm seeing red flags. From what I've read online (and granted, I didn't go to school for this, but still) all the data I find said this type of cancer does NOT have a high spread rate, and instead stays more localized. Also, radiation is definitely of benefit when the tumor is located somewhere that is difficult to remove all the cancer cells, such as the leg, where Ginger's is. The only problem is that I'm struggling to find a vet here in Alaska that does radiation. I have a call out to one a few hours away, and I'm hoping to hear back tomorrow.