11-17-2017, 04:33 PM
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Location: Lodi, CA
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Wanted to give an update on my baby boy. We took Dozer in on Monday, October 30th, and as we had suspected surgery was not an option. Due to the number of lumps and the obvious signs that the cancer was in his lymph node (left neck) the specialist felt that chemo was his best option. This is a terminal cancer but treatment and management can prolong his life and since he is for the most part 100% himself right now, beside the lumps/tumors, we decided to go ahead with the treatment. He is only 6 years old and responded extremely well to his chemo treatments two years ago so we are hopeful. The vet did say that the average lifespan after diagnosis is 3-6 months but that is just an average. They have seen them live less than that or years past that. She also said that the cancer he had before was very aggressive and only a small percent of dogs live past the one year mark. We made it to two! It all depends on how the dog and the cancer respond to the treatments.
We started him on a combination of CCNU and vinblastine chemotherapy (as well as daily prednisone). We also did an ultrasound just to make sure that nothing had metastasized internally before we started all this. He had his first vinblastine treatment that day (October 30th) and within three days we started to see results. His lymph node in his neck had shrunk by 50% as well as many of his tumors. By a weeks’ time some of the tumors were almost impossible to find. Fast forward to two weeks out and the lump in his neck is pretty much back to normal. You can feel the lump if you really try and search for it but just looking at him you cannot see anything. He only has a few skin tumors that you can find easily but they are pretty flat for the most part and none of them are “angry” at this point. He had his first CCNU treatment this last Monday (November 13th) and so far so good. He is still his happy self and running around like a maniac. He does have the normal side effects that can be suspected because of all the meds (which we experienced last time he was sick) but nothing major. He is extra thirsty and hungry all the time, has lost some weight but that should only be temporary till he adjust to the prednisone, and has those awful chemo farts. Lol. He thinks he is being spoiled with all the treats (pill disguises) he is getting too. In addition to the above, he is also getting daily Benadryl, Omeprazole, antibiotics (Baytril), and Denamarin (to protect his liver). He was prescribed a few as needed ones for nausea and diarrhea but so far we haven’t needed them. I also have been giving him some Turmeric paste that I made up for him. I figure it can’t hurt and I also started giving it to my other dogs too because it has a lot of benefits in general.
I know eventually the treatment will stop working but for all we know that could be months from now (praying for years), but we will take what we can get. He is a fighter and until he tells me otherwise we will keep on fighting.
Oh and thank goodness for pet insurance!
Last edited by Skeebs637; 11-17-2017 at 04:34 PM.