Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

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RE: Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

by anniebananie on Thu Feb 18, 2010 04:46 PM

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Here is the link:

yahoo.com " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">yahoo.com /group/CanineCancer/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://pets.groups.yahoo.com " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">yahoo.com /group/CanineCancer/

It is on yahoo.com " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">yahoo.com , not yahoo.ca (I'm in Canada) and you have to become a member, just register with yahoo.com " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">yahoo.com .

Then in search just type in christmas miracle or gendel (her owner).

Hope you get there as it is very helpful but also sad as they turn to others in the same boat when it is that time to grieve.

RE: Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

by anniebananie on Thu Feb 18, 2010 04:49 PM

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Don't know what happened so will try to post link again without http, jus add the http

 

pets.groups.yahoo.com /group/CanineCancer/

RE: Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

by Sue_in_SD on Sat Feb 20, 2010 02:47 PM

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Thank you so much for trying to post this address for me!  When I get to Yahoo Canine Cancer groups, there are so many of them that I can't locate the correct group.  The search doesn't work to get me to the correct posts!  I must be doing something wrong!!

How is your sweet Annie?  My Willie will have his fourth chemo session on Tuesday.....I'm still hoping for my miracle! 

Bean's Mom:  How is she doing???  I hope to hear from you!

Thinking positive thoughts for all the doggies and owners who read this!  Sue

RE: Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

by anniebananie on Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:33 PM

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Sue,

I copied the message from the Canine Cancer group.  It's kinda long but thought you'd like to read it:

Hi All,
It is with great sadness that I have read so many people loosing their furkids
before the holidays. My heart goes out to all of you. And I send positive
thoughts to all who are
in the midst of their battles.

I want to share good news, not to make anyone feel bad about their situation but
to send
out hope that we are not putting our dogs and ourselves through all this for
nothing.

Nikki, my 13.5 yr. old Samoyed, diagnosed with TCC of the bladder on 9/25/09 had
an ultrasound yesterday 3 weeks following her 4th round of Mitoxantrone. I got
the
best Christmas present of all when I was told the ultrasound now showed no
evidence
of cancer!!!! She had a 50% reduction after the 2nd round but few dogs have a
complete
remission after the 4th. No progression of disease is usually the best you can
hope for.

I did elect to get one more round of Mitoxantrone just in case some cells were
still present in the bladder layers and couldn't be seen on the ultrasound. Now,
she will be followed with ultrasounds every so often to check that the cancer
has not re-started to grow. She will be on Piroxicam for life or until it causes
a GI bleed or kidney failure. If and when the
cancer re-occurs (which it eventually will---chemo. buys you time but doesn't
cure it)
I can restart the Mitoxantrone depending on her physical condition at the time.

I wish you all a Christmas miracle like I have been given and if it doesn't
happen, know
that you gave them the best chance possible and your furkid was needed to be an
angel to welcome new arrivals to the Rainbow Bridge.

We are taking one day at a time and enjoying every day that the cancer is kept
at bay.

Gen & Nikki
Dx. 9/25/09; in remission from TCC of the bladder 12/23/09
Thankful to be in remission for the time being

RE: Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

by BuddyBoy on Mon Feb 22, 2010 09:57 PM

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Annie,

Thanks so much for sharing.  This message is really inspiring and it's really nice to read to some positive news.  My dog will have his 5th mitoxantrone treatment this week.  His last ultrasound showed the tumor was about the same size, which is supposedly a positive result since these are typically fast growing.   He has also been handling chemo very well with few side effects.  We are thinking of doing one more treatment, for a total of 6, and then monitoring.  The published studies on TCC online all seem to be for a max of 4-6 treatments.  Does anyone have experience with ongoing mitoxantrone treatments? I'm curious if anyone knows if additional treatments increase the chance of remission or if continuing with treatment might be too much of a strain on his body? Thanks very much.

 

RE: Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

by JJsMom on Tue Feb 23, 2010 02:47 AM

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On Feb 22, 2010 9:57 PM BuddyBoy wrote:

Annie,

Thanks so much for sharing.  This message is really inspiring and it's really nice to read to some positive news.  My dog will have his 5th mitoxantrone treatment this week.  His last ultrasound showed the tumor was about the same size, which is supposedly a positive result since these are typically fast growing.   He has also been handling chemo very well with few side effects.  We are thinking of doing one more treatment, for a total of 6, and then monitoring.  The published studies on TCC online all seem to be for a max of 4-6 treatments.  Does anyone have experience with ongoing mitoxantrone treatments? I'm curious if anyone knows if additional treatments increase the chance of remission or if continuing with treatment might be too much of a strain on his body? Thanks very much.

 

Hi, just saw your post & wanted to let you know that my Scampi has been having mitoxantrone every 3 weeks & we had also reached the max 6 treatments.  So my vet called the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University in Ft Collins for a consult, & the oncology vet advised us that as long as Scampi is responding to the chemo & doing well, that we can just continue indefinitely with no breaks.  That's their usual treatment now for tcc(along with daily piroxicam.)  My vet did ultrasound & blood check (to make sure white cell count was good), & we have continued on.  You can see my posts in the "negative VBTA test" string.  Scampi's response to mitoxantrone & piroxicam has been to see the golfball sized tumor disappear with only a small patch of tcc left on the bladder wall that appears to be shrinking with each chemo treatment.  My first Scottie with TCC (JJ) had mitoxantrone & piroxicam & had a response more like your dog, in which the mitoxantrone just kept the cancer from growing anymore.  After 6 months the mitoxantrone quit working for him & we tried chemo with doxirubicin, which gave him bad side effects.  I'm a big fan of the mitoxantrone since I haven't seen a single side effect & it does a lot of good, but I will never have another pet treated with doxirubicin. (That's just my opinion based on the bad stomach pain it caused--after a week JJ was better, but that was a really bad week.) The website for CSU Animal Cancer Center is www.csuanimalcancercenter.org .  JJ & I went there every 3 weeks & they were absolutely wonderful.  The oncology vets are available for phone consultations, & so far my vet has called them twice for advice.  Scampi's chemo is being done by our local vet, as she is experienced in chemo infusion & that gave me the option to have Scampi treated locally.

Good Luck!

Joy & Scampi

RE: Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

by Sue_in_SD on Wed Feb 24, 2010 02:17 AM

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Hi to all!

First, to Annie's Mom, thank you so much for copying the post from Gen & Nikki to this board.  What great news (and Christmas gift) they got!!  It is so good to read that the treatments available do help.  I wish them the very best.....and your Annie the very best as she continues with the things that she can tolerate and still live a happy life!

To Buddyboy's Dad, I'm so happy hear how Buddyboy is doing on his mitoxantrone treatments.  My Willie had his fourth session today.  After his next ultrasound (in two weeks) we will be evaluating the next step.  Willie's last ultrasound showed a large decrease in the tumor in his bladder but it still was there.  If it continues to be present and he continues to do well enough, I would guess that we will continue his chemo therapy sessions.  Perhaps we will do them every four or five weeks rather than every three weeks.  My vet is unclear as to the maximum number of treatments possible.  He said that there was a maximum lifetime dose of "Blue" as he calls mitoxantrone (because of its color).  However, Joy indicates in her post that the CSU oncologist has said to continue the treatments so maybe there is something new that my vet doesn't know.  Anyway, I'll think good thoughts as Buddyboy continues his treatment!

Joy, thank you for the info in your post.  As always, I appreciate the ideas that you get and pass on to us.  I am so glad that Scampi is doing so well!

To everyone reading this, we are all here looking for information and hope.  I will happily share anything I know (which may not be that much) so please ask if you have questions!  Sue

RE: Bean, my Boston Terrier just diagnosed with bladder cancer

by BuddyBoy on Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:42 AM

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Thanks very much Joy and Sue for the responses.  I'm so glad to hear Scampi and Willie have reacted so well to the mitoxantrone treatments!  I know every dog has a different response to chemo, but I am really hoping we'll see a decrease the next ultrasound.  I think we will probably continue with the treatments if there is an improvement or if it remains the same size.  I just wish these treatments were less expensive! We will probably look into extending the time between treatments, seeing if our local vet may be able to administer some of the treatments, and spreading out the ultrasounds and extra tests we have been doing.  Thanks again and I hope Scampi and Willie continue to do well.

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