Sinonasal Carcinoma

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Postby plebayo » September 30th, 2009, 10:22 am

So Sofie, my MRSA dog has cancer in her nose. This past friday we went to flush her nose and flushed out a chunk of tissue which we sent in for Biopsy that came back as this nose cancer that I guess is fairly aggressive. Radiation Treatment is the best option but 1.) I don't have $4,000. 2.) I'm not sure I would put a 13 year old dog through the potential trauma of Radiation because it's pretty serious stuff. I was also looking and all radiation can do, like anything else, is buy some time. She could get a year or two out of it, or only a few months.

My boss/veterinarian is going to talk to an oncologist today to see if doing a dose of chemo would buy us some time and hopefully shrink the tumor and make it more comfortable.

My biggest worry is that I won't know when the say it is "time". Like if she isn't showing outward signs of discomfort other than sneezing how do I know she is painful? I just had hoped her legs would fail or she's just get really old and crusty and quit eating, something to make it easier for me. I know she doesn't care that she has this problem, but I care because I want to be able to make the right decisions when the time comes.

Anyway I'm talking to my boss/vet today, we'll see what our options are.
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Postby Marinepits » September 30th, 2009, 10:24 am

I'm so sorry. :hug3: Please let us know how the talks with the doctors go.....
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Postby Pit♥bull » September 30th, 2009, 10:35 am

Please keep us updated :cry1: and give her a big :hug3: from us.

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » September 30th, 2009, 10:46 am

I'm so sorry. :( Please keep us updated as soon as you hear anything. :hug3:
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Postby Jenn » September 30th, 2009, 11:36 am

So sorry :(

:hug3: Hug for both of you, and plenty of good thoughts headed your way for more time, and strength for you as well.
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Postby HappyChick » September 30th, 2009, 12:07 pm

I am so, so sorry to read this about Sophie. Whatever decisions you make will be the right ones because you are doing what is best for Sophie.

Good thoughts to you and dear Sophie. :hug3:
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Postby Malli » September 30th, 2009, 12:35 pm

I'm sorry too :(
When she stops doing the things that tell you she's happy (interacting with you, playing, wanting to go for long walks, eating well) then you'll know.

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Postby DropkickPA » September 30th, 2009, 2:13 pm

Oh crap, I'm sorry! :sad2:
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Postby CinderDee » September 30th, 2009, 3:23 pm

I'm so sorry. :hug3: I worry about it too, but I think we'll know when it's time. Please keep us updated.
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Postby hugapitbull » September 30th, 2009, 6:01 pm

A cancer diagnosis of any kind just really sucks. I know how difficult it is to just get your head straight enough to make a good decision. Make each and every decision based solely on what is best for Sophie. You won't go wrong. Lots of hugs for you and healing thoughts for Sophie.
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Postby iluvk9 » September 30th, 2009, 6:33 pm

Oh, crap, Suzanne...I am sorry to hear this... :hug3:
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Postby plebayo » October 1st, 2009, 10:03 pm

So here's the plan.

We are going to give Sofie chemo in the form of alternating doses of doxorubicin and carboplatin in conjunction with oral piroxicam.

My boss found this study:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/jour ... 4/abstract

So we're going to try it and hope it makes her more comfortable and stops the sneezing, bloody noses, and general irritation.


I hope it works out, I'll post general updates here. I hope the chemo isn't too hard on her, she'll be 13 years old on October 31st!
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Postby kera09 » October 1st, 2009, 11:12 pm

sending good thoughts to sofie from me duge ava and lulu!!!
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Postby call2arms » October 1st, 2009, 11:18 pm

Sorry about the diagnosis...

Piroxicam works magic, a coworker has a dog that has a very aggressive tracheal tumor, and before the piroxicam her dog wasn't eating at all, and right now she's almost "normal"... So at least it should keep any pain under control.
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Postby cheekymunkee » October 2nd, 2009, 1:31 am

That is Munkee's birthday too. We will send her get well birthday wishes all month!!
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Postby CinderDee » October 2nd, 2009, 6:12 am

Sending good thoughts for a full remission!

Kato's birthday is in Oct too. :)
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Postby HappyChick » October 2nd, 2009, 8:18 am

Yay for a plan! Good thoughts for a great outcome! :goodthoughts: :goodthoughts:

We are sending lots of positive energy you and Sophie's way.
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Postby TinaMartin » October 2nd, 2009, 11:28 am

I will keep her in my thoughts.
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Postby hugapitbull » October 2nd, 2009, 1:02 pm

HappyChick wrote:Yay for a plan! Good thoughts for a great outcome! :goodthoughts: :goodthoughts:

We are sending lots of positive energy you and Sophie's way.


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Postby Pit♥bull » October 2nd, 2009, 3:39 pm

plebayo wrote:We are going to give Sofie chemo in the form of alternating doses of doxorubicin and carboplatin in conjunction with oral piroxicam.
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