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It's time to start another thread as we come near to 50 pages on the previous thread. Below is information to help you make choices for yourself and your family, originally posted and collected by NeylasMom. This is the fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth in a series of threads. The original was started by a few people whose pups were diagnosed around the same time in July of 2010, but it appears it has grown into an ongoing thread that will provide both information and emotional support for anyone who has dealt with losing a pup to osteo, is currently caring for a pup diagnosed with osteo, has one that has been newly diagnosed, or worries they may have to deal with it in the future. You do not have to have a pup that currently has osteo to join in this thread - feel free to stop by if you've ever lost a pup to osteo or other cancer, would like to offer support to those currently dealing with this disease, would like to prepare yourself for the possibility of dealing with this, or if your pup has been diagnosed recently. We've even had a person or two join in whose pups were diagnosed with other forms of cancer. Basically, anyone is welcome although we'd prefer there be no reason to have to welcome anyone or for this thread to exist at all. General Websites (These have not been updated recently and so may not reflect current thinking and research, but are a good place to begin): Bone Cancer Dogs site - An excellent place to start to get general information about osteo, treatment options, etc. http://www.bonecancerdogs.org/ Journal article on pain mgt - Technically an article on using radiation for palliative (pain management) care, but includes a good overview of the types of bone cancer pain and the various ways to treat it including medications, radiation, and IV pamidronate). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1482437/ Dog Cancer Blog - Blog from Dr. Dressler, a vet who has dedicated himself to cancer treatment in dogs - includes lots of useful information via blog posts, as well as a link to purchase his book (which covers all aspects of cancer care, both holistic and traditional) in a downloadable format. http://www.dogcancerblog.com/ The previous osteo threads, the original http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/258306-osteo-diagnosis/ and part II http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/267277-osteo-thread/ With over 100 pages of useful information and support, this is a good place to get specifics if you are wondering about a specific holistic regimen one of us used, the decision making process for choosing amputation or palliative care, etc. For inspiration and some laughs: Winslow's diary http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/169522-winslows-diary/ For those considering amputation, BigOrangeDog's blog about what to expect. https://minnesotagreyhounds.wordpress.com/what-to-expect-with-a-leg-amputation/ Yahoo groups where you can go for information and support (These are closed groups but they appear to be active): Dog Bone Cancer Group - not greyhound specific, but a good source of information and support specific to osteosarcoma https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bonecancerdogs/info Circle of Grey - a greyhound specific support group for owners of pups dealing with all kinds of health issues https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CircleofGrey/info?yguid=278897955 Artemisinin and Cancer - for those who would like to pursue artemisinin as part of their treatment regimen, neither greyhound nor osteo specific https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/artemisinin_and_cancer/info Unfortunately, the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program at OSU has been discontinued. They may be continuing to send out free chemotherapy for the time being, this is not clear from the information on their website. Here is the address for the new website if you would like to contact them. http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/greyhound-program Dr Guillermo Couto has moved and begun his own consulting business for greyhounds with cancer. If you join the Greyhound Health Initiative they will do 1/2 price consults and (possibly) be able to send free chemo drugs. Here is the web address for his new site: http://www.coutovetconsultants.com/for-ownersadopters/ Greyhound Health Initiative (Hope 4 Hounds) http://www.greyhoundhealthinitiative.org/ AVMA ANIMAL HEALTH STUDIES DATABASE This site has a searchable database of all research studies being conducted investigating treatments or doing research. https://ebusiness.avma.org/aahsd/study_search.aspx?utm_source=vanity&utm_medium=findvetstudies&utm_campaign=aahsd&utm_term=print&utm_content=javma Here is a link to Charlie'sDad's blog about their cancer fighting regimen - Charlie survived an incredible 4 years following his amputation using these natural foods and supplements. http://pinneyandpnut...ancer-diet.html
This morning, my grey Speed Racer (racing name Tipp Josiah) was diagnosed with lymphoma. The vet called it high grade and gave me two options. Option one: We can make him comfortable for the next couple of months with prednisone. He may survive one or two months. Option two: We can treat aggressively with chemotherapy. She is referring me to an oncology specialist and let me know to expect ultrasounds, x-rays, and biopsies. Can you tell me your experience with these two options? My dog is 9 years old. I don't want to traumatize him if I'm only buying a few extra low-quality-of-life months with him. I don't want to be selfish. But if chemo will make him feel a lot better and gives him a significantly better quality of life, I am happy to spend the money. Thank you for your help.
Guest posted a topic in Health and Medical discussionI am new participant in the forum, but not to greyhounds. Our most recent adoptee, Crouton, is a sweet-to-the-core ex-racer and brood mom who turned seven in January. Sadly, we got a diagnosis of Osteosarcoma, distal femur, a little over two weeks ago. It started with a limp in her left hind leg, and we are already on four meds to control pain. Due to a number of reasons, she is not a candidate for amputation or chemo, nor do we have easy access to radiation due to distance from a major metropolitan center. Thus, we have opted for palliative care. In doing research, we found that there has been some success using 4 mg zoledronic acid in an IV drip delivered every 28 days. I have read that it lessens the threat of spontaneous fracture, and that it helps with gait. It is not expected that it would stop the growth of the cancer, but it increases quality of life in the time that is left. Some dogs lived 14 to 16 months past their original diagnosis before needing to be euthanized, vs. the expected 3 months with pain/inflammation medications alone. Crouton had her first treatment yesterday, so it is very early and we do not know what to expect. Also, we do not know if we are already starting too late. It will be a full month tomorrow since we were first aware of a limp. I would really appreciate being able to ask questions of anyone who might have personal knowledge of this treatment. Thanks very much, Miriam