The RetrieverTraining.Net Forums The Retriever Academy
Total Retriever Training with Mike Lardy
Hawkeye Media Gunners Up Tritronics Outdoor Media
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 30

Thread: Lymphoma

  1. #1
    Senior Member Richard Finch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    RIVER BOTTOMS
    Posts
    1,985

    Default Lymphoma

    So Gander has been diagnosed with lymphoma... Vet recommends trying a couple chemo treatments... I just feel as though I'm prolonging the inevitable here... Any thoughts from those of you with experience in fighting this disease.. I don't wanna keep "Gander" and have him be the shell of a dog he's always been... I think that would be very selfish on my part... On the other hand I do want to do all I can, as he has been my best friend and consummate companion...


    Thanks,


    Richard
    SHOOT EM' IN THE LIPS..........

    HRCH Otter Sloughs Bronze Gander " Gander"
    TTF Duck Sloughs Make Mine a Double "Shooter"

    www.ducksloughkennel.com

    Romans 8:28

  2. #2
    Senior Member JusticeDog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Illinois/Wisconsin
    Posts
    6,194

    Default

    I am very sorry to hear this about gander. Dogs tolerate chemotherapy much better than human beings do. I recently went through this with my gavel. I did two or three rounds of chemo. When I saw that it was not working at all, I stopped. I work closely with my oncologist to make that determination. I am sure your vet has given you a prognosis for lymphoma. Like you, I had to give, I tried to make sure I was doing everything I possibly could for him. My dog did not have lymphoma.

    My prayers for you and gander, whatever you decide.
    Susan

    FC Tribute to Justice, JH "Honor"
    FC AFC Contempt of Court "Ruckus"
    Medal Of Honor, QAA "Valor"
    HRCH Kirby's High Sierra, SH, QAA "Kirby"
    HRCH Niki Snowbird, SH, QAA "Niki"
    Southland Order In the Court, QAA "Gavel" July 17, 2002- March 24, 2013
    Southland Rusty Nail - derby points, qual placements "Rusty"
    www.justiceretrievers.com

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    1,065

    Default

    Sorry to hear that. Whatever you decide us the right decision.

  4. #4
    Senior Member hotel4dogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    SW of Chicago, IL
    Posts
    2,354

    Default

    I"m so sorry.
    If you can, you need to work with a good oncologist. Are you near a veterinary school? They tend to have very good programs.
    Have they identified whether it's T-cell or B-cell? One responds much better to chemo than the other one, although I don't recall which is which.
    As JusticeDog said, dogs don't have nearly the issues with chemo that humans have. Other than being a bit more tired sometimes, with most dogs you'd never even know they're doing through it. For that reason, a lot of people opt to give chemo a try. You can always stop if it's not working or not agreeing with him, but you can't always start later.
    Sending many prayers and good thoughts. Hoping Gander beats the odds and you make many more memories together.

    Barb Gibson
    with
    CH Rosewood Little Giant UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP XFP T2BP VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG
    also UCH HR UUD UJJ URO1 UHIT
    (golden retriever) born 3-10-07
    a.k.a. "Tito", "The Tito Monster"
    www.GoTeamTito.com

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    291

    Default

    I have recently been through this with an 8 year old english pointer. I chose not to go the chemo route, but we put her on steroids and zantac and prilosec( I am pretty sure that was everything). She perked up beautifully for a few weeks and I was able to enjoy that time with her, and it was clear when the time came to let her go. I had a friend opt for chemo with a dog and this gave her dog an additional year of good quality. It is a decision which you must make and there is no right or wrong answer. I just kept thinking that my dog did not know she had cancer, just whether she felt good or not. I know she had several good weeks of lots of attention and special food. I have no regrets. I wish you the best.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Pals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    2,684

    Default

    I am so sorry Richard.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Richard Finch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    RIVER BOTTOMS
    Posts
    1,985

    Default

    He goes tomorrow for his first treatment... My vet is a dear friend of mine and wants to try at least two rounds of chemo, coupled with steroids... So I said yes... If I know "Gander" he will let me know when its time... He's very stately and gentlemanly about everything he has ever done... So I'm sure he will leave this world with dignity... One thing for sure I will see to that...


    Richard
    SHOOT EM' IN THE LIPS..........

    HRCH Otter Sloughs Bronze Gander " Gander"
    TTF Duck Sloughs Make Mine a Double "Shooter"

    www.ducksloughkennel.com

    Romans 8:28

  8. #8
    Senior Member hotel4dogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    SW of Chicago, IL
    Posts
    2,354

    Default

    Here's a very good article:

    http://www.vetcancerspecialists.com/...nine-lymphoma/

    (again, did they determine if it's T-cell or B-cell? That's pretty important....)

    Barb Gibson
    with
    CH Rosewood Little Giant UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP XFP T2BP VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG
    also UCH HR UUD UJJ URO1 UHIT
    (golden retriever) born 3-10-07
    a.k.a. "Tito", "The Tito Monster"
    www.GoTeamTito.com

  9. #9
    Senior Member Richard Finch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    RIVER BOTTOMS
    Posts
    1,985

    Default

    I'll ask tomorrow when I take him Barb... And thank you for the article...



    Richard
    SHOOT EM' IN THE LIPS..........

    HRCH Otter Sloughs Bronze Gander " Gander"
    TTF Duck Sloughs Make Mine a Double "Shooter"

    www.ducksloughkennel.com

    Romans 8:28

  10. #10
    Senior Member PalouseDogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Pullman, WA
    Posts
    278

    Default

    If the vet hasn't already brought it up, ask about palliative vs "curative" (I think that's what it's called) treatment.

    Palliative chemo is designed to stall the cancer or reduce the symptoms, but isn't nearly so intense as a treatment that attempts a cure. We opted for palliative treatment for a Brittany in her last year with breast cancer. I don't remember the exact details. I think there was initial surgery possibly followed by radiation. When the cancer returned after a year or so, we went with palliative chemo. The chemo (a single treatment, every few weeks) would cause her to lose her appetitie and have some vomiting for a couple of days, then she would feel pretty good for awhile. She was nearly 14 yrs old when the chemo stopped having any good effects, and we let her go. We gave her 5 palliative treatments over a span of many months, and I think we should have quit at 3, definitely 4.

    "Cancer" covers a lot of territory and lymphoma is not the same as breast cancer. You'd need to talk to an oncologist about what the options are.

    Good luck and I'm sorry. The main thing is to enjoy the time he has left, whatever option you choose.
    Kelly Cassidy (person)

    HR Maple Cassidy CDX JH RE (golden retriever)
    Alder Cassidy CDX RE (standard poodle chipmunk chaser)
    plus whacked-out weird Burka (elderly mix-breed rescue girl)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •