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He has been limping off and on on his right front leg and a large tumor appeared. I had it xrayed yesterday and it is cancer.

I'm not sure what method of treatment I am going to do with him yet. Will find out more tomorrow.

More than likely he will have that leg amputated this week. His chest exrays showed that it hasn't spread yet so that is good news.

His apetite is still good, but I know he is having some pain despite meds so I think taking the leg off even though it is just buying us some time is the way to go. I'm not ready to lose him. He is all I have. Yeah, I have kids, but Cole is my only companion and I don't know what I'm going to do with out him. He isn't even 7 years old yet and he is the best dog I could ever ask for. He has been my constant everything no matter what I have been going through. And he has been so excellent with my kids. I love him for that.
 

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SeaNemesis said:
I am so sorry for you. I know all to well how hard this is. I had a greyhound years ago get bone cancer, osteocarcoma in her right front leg. She did get an amputation, the also removered her shoulder blade to make sure they got it all. On her xray, her ankle had those tiny fractures all in it and they did a biopsy. She did great for years, but possibly from overbreeding because she was from a track, she got cancer again. I had photos of her froma 35mm, I will be more than happy to scan a few for you. If you ever need an ear I will be more than happy to provide you with my phone number. My heart and prayers are with you all.
Thanks for sharing your story. You are lucky to have her for years afterward. From all my research the prognosis isn't that great after amputation and chemo. A year is considered a long time to live after something like that because osteosarcoma is so aggressive and moves fast.

Did the cancer ever go to her lungs? Or did it reaapear in another bone?
 

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Wow Sea, you are really lucky. Usually by the time osteo is diagnosised it has already spread to the lungs. At the very least seeds are planted.

Even though yesterday Cole's chest rads were clean that could easily change next week. It is that aggressive.

Amputation without chemo is almost always very short term survival rate, so count yourself lucky! I do hope I am just as lucky, but I'm not sure how quickly we caught it. The limping has been going on for a couple of months. He runs so hard I figured he hurt his shoulder and my boss seemed to agree after examining him. The lump was just noticed about 2 weeks ago and my boss poked and prodded it and it didn't cause Cole any discomfort so he said it is probably calcification. 2 days later he was holding that paw up and is when I said I want exrays.

So who knows if hte limping 2 months ago is related or not.
 

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BackInBlack said:
Any more news on Cole? Hope you guys are doing okay.
Thanks for asking BIB.

Cole is doing ok. We are still trying to get the right mix of pain meds for him. His apetite is good.(Lol, he just snagged a fig newton off of my desk!) Not up to much play outside so I know there is some pain involved.

He starts chemo on friday. He will have 2 treatments in a months time and then we will amputate his leg. The latest thinking is to do chemo first because taking off the leg first can make the cancer spread faster or more or something. Not sure I totally understand it. Then after his leg is gone we will do more chemo.

After all is said and done I will be lucky to have him for another year. There are no guarentees. I am just hoping for the best.
 

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BackInBlack said:
Well, at least you know that he still likes Fig Newtons! :D Also, now you have a plan of action, and that is the first step. We will all be sending prayers and well wishes your way!
Yes, I feel better now that we are going to be active in treating this. It took a couple of days to research and talk to a few people to find out the best way to give Cole the most painfree time.

My boss went to the pharmacy today to pick up the chemo instead of ordering it and waiting for it to come in the mail. He knows how desperate I am to get this going.
 

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It went well.His blood work looked good as did his EKG. He just laid on the table with me beside him for 40 minutes while it went through him. He was really tired friday evening when we got home, but I'm not sure that is from the chemo or just a big day he had at work with me.

So far he doesn't seem to be having any side affects from it. Appetite is still awesome and he is full of loving so I think he is feeling pretty good.

Next treatment is 3 weeks from last friday, wait a week and then amputate and then 3 more chemo treatments.

Thanks for asking!
 
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