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A friend's older Sharpei mix has been diagnosed with a malignant oral melanoma. Her prognosis isher prognosis is guarded to poor."

Her vet has suggested a vaccine. I am not sure exactly which one but possibly this one. vaccine

Anyone have experience with this?

 

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There is an experimental DNA vaccine; I forget if it's heat-shock protein or what, but it's one of the best options out there- particularly if there is any chance it has spread. A few (about 1 in 8) dogs go into complete remission. Almost half respond positively to some degree.

 

Check with the veterinary oncologist to see if it's available. It's manufactured by Merial.

 

http://us.merial.com/merial_corporate/news...ma_consumer.asp

 

I have a friend whose rottie (?) will probably get another year or two of life. Here's the video:

 

http://www.kpho.com/video/13744207/index.html

 

 

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What a great video. Thank you ahicks51!

 

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Angels: Charlie the iggy,  Mazy (CBR Crazy Girl), Potato, my mystery ibizan girl, Allen (M's Pretty Boy), Percy (Fast But True), Mikey (Doray's Patuti), Pudge le mutt, Tessa the iggy, Possum (Apostle), Gracie (Dusty Lady), Harold (Slatex Harold), "Cousin" Simon our step-iggy, Little Dude the iggy ,Bandit (Bb Blue Jay), Niña the galgo, Wally (Allen Hogg), Thane (Pog Mo Thoine), Oliver (JJ Special Agent), Comet, & Rosie our original mutt.

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The vaccine is the only option that is likely to significantly extend life so if it is an option financially for the owner, they should pursue it.

 

4 vaccines are given at 2 week intervals and then a booster is given every 6 months. Some dogs that only lived for an additional 8 weeks after diagnosis are now living for 1.5 years or more. It really is a miraculous product. It is not available to GPs and thus they will need to see an oncologist that and they will discuss possible side effects. Each vaccine including exam charges, charting fees, etc. will likely run $400-$600. Much like the dental vaccine, this product has an FDA approved conditional license so all the data isn't in yet. HOWEVER, given the extremely poor prognosis of the disease, I would use it at the drop of a hat with my own dog!!!

 

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