My dog Dioji (D.O.G.) was recently diagnosed with lung cancer...

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My dog Dioji (D.O.G.) was recently diagnosed with lung cancer...

by Wendyvt68 on Mon Nov 22, 2010 05:20 PM

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After a needle asprite biopsy of a tumor found in his lung, I was told that he has a carcinoma.  The doctor said there is now evidence of cancer anywhere else and he is calling Dioji's cancer a primary tumor.  He is having surgery to remove his lung lobe on 11/30 and I am having a really hard time dealing with it.  His surgeon said that the average lifespan is about one year post surgery. Is this set in stone? I can not bare the thought of every day after his surgery thinking about how close it is getting to the end. Has anyone's dog out there been through this surgery and how is your dog doing? Should I opt not to have the surgery and try other methods of fighting the cancer?

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by arubagal on Mon Nov 22, 2010 06:01 PM

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My dog Crystal passed away a month ago due to TCC (transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder).  I do not have experience with lung cancer so will leave it for others to comment on whether surgery is best.    

However, you said you cannot bear the thought of every day after his surgery thinking about how close it is getting to the end.  This is an area where I have experience.   The median lifespan with TCC is 250-350 days after diagnosis even if all methodologies (surgery / chemo / radiation) are used together.  Not even a year.  No matter how you decide to proceed with treatment for Dioji, try and see each day as another opportunity to make memories and to feel how special he is and let him know how special he is to you.  I had a 5 year old cat die of a heart attack a couple of years ago and it made me realize that although it is difficult to go through this journey with our pets (or any other loved ones) it does give us time to say everything we want to say, do everything we want to do, and not suddenly realize our last opportunities have already gone and we didn't know it.

Whether or not you proceed with surgery, do everything you can to support Dioji's immune system.   This include feeding the finest human grade food you can - whether it is human food, kibble, canned, raw, or whatever.  Good nutrition will make a difference.    

My Sheltie, Crystal, lived 322 days with TCC, which is considered excellent.  She did not have surgery, chemo, or radiation.   She had the finest food I could buy, she had a large number of immune system enhancers as well as several products that are also used in the human fight against cancer, namely turmeric (circumin), mycotaki mushroom caps, Salvestrols, and others.  My feeling with the diagnosis of an incurable cancer was not to harm her quality of life and to give her body the tools to fight the cancer as well and as long as possible.

In Dioji's case, it sounds as though the cancer is fairly contained at this time.   Sometimes cancer is a good strategy in that situation.   For sure I would talk to a holistic veterinarian to get the tools to use in the post-surgery recovery fight, to maximize Dioji's immune response and hold off a recurrence for as long as possible.

Get all the information you can from others who have handled this type of cancer but of course in the end all the decisions are up to you.   When the decisions are made with love and with your furkid's quality of life in mind, your decisions will be the right ones always.

Arubagal 

RE: My dog Dioji (D.O.G.) was recently diagnosed with lung cancer...

by Wendyvt68 on Mon Nov 22, 2010 06:46 PM

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Thank you Arubagal.  It is all just so fresh for me right now I am still trying to process the shock of it all.  I had now idea Dioji had a tumor as he showed no signs what so ever.  The tumor was found by chance while he was having an xray done for an unrelated issue.  I am so thankful that it was found before he started getting sick.  But it was a complete shock.  Talking to other people with similar experiences is helping and and am so grateful for any and all idvice I receive.  I am keeping it together when I am with Dioji because I don't want him to feel any of my negative energy.  I feel it is so important for his health that I remain possitive. 

Thank you again for your support. :)

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by arubagal on Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:56 AM

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 I am keeping it together when I am with Dioji because I don't want him to feel any of my negative energy.

 

I believe you have that right.    6 or 7  months post-diagnosis Crystal and I were with our Vet for a check up and Rx refill.  She was doing her usual "greeter thing" wagging her tail at everyone in the office and just being her friendly self.    Dr. McCutcheon said, "She has no idea she has cancer - don't be the one to tell her".    

I took that very seriously because I'm with you; they can sense that negative energy and when we are worried, they are worried.  When we are calm and positive, they feel calm and positive.  No human has ever been as attuned to my emotions as Crystal, so I made sure to be positive and bright with her and I believe she only began to feel something wasn't right in the last month or so of her life.  Before that, I'm sure she had no idea .... even though she was wearing a diaper full time by then, we just called it her "party pants" and she would come over to have it put on or changed.

Keep your chin up and give lots of hugs to Dioji and the two of you will get through this together.

Arubagal

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by Wendyvt68 on Tue Nov 23, 2010 03:57 AM

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Thank you. :)  Dioji has been snuggling with me all night getting lots of hugs and kisses.

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by DJsYorkie on Sat Nov 27, 2010 05:11 PM

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We are going through very similar circumstances with our small 9 year old Yorkie.  He was being treated for a nasal passage infection when X-Rays revealed a small mass in his chest area. The radiologist determined that it was a tumor in one of his lungs.  This came as a great shock to us, and we are determined to do anything that is possible to treat our little guy.  We were referred to an onocologist and agreed to have her perform an ultrasound test to see if there were any other signs of cancer outside of his lung.  This test  proved to be inconclusive, because it could not determine if the lymph nodes were infected.  The onocologist then recommended a CAT scan to verify whether or not the cancer was confined to just the lungs. This is a very expensive procedure and would require that he be anesthetized.  We do not know if we should skip this step and just have the tumor surgically removed. However, no biopsy has been done to verify if the tumor is malignant and identify the type of cancer if it is verified.  We know that time is important, but our primary concern is the well being of our little one and to keep him from undergoing  a lot of pain and stress.  It is hard for us to visualize how they could possible perform such surgery on such a small chest.  He only weighs a little over 3 lbs, and is very thin.  He seems to be in good health now, following oral surgery to close the fistula, but we need to decide on a course of action as soon as possible.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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by katie02 on Wed Jun 29, 2011 07:18 AM

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After being misdiagnosed for one year (allergies and then heart disease diagnosis), Katie, my 13.5 year old Bichon Poodle mix was diagnosed with lung cancer. June 8th, 2010 I found a board diplomate surgeon with a high level of cancer expertise. He removed one lobe and we recovered in three weeks.  It was 10cm. Under 5 has a very good diagnosis (possibly a cure). Over 5 cm is more dismal. We did not do chemo, because I was told it wasn't effective on this type of cancer.  We are just past the one year later, we face cancer again. This time, they don't think removing the cancer (now in a lymph node -- highly likely due to the x-ray) is the right protocol, I am facing chemo.  I am getting a second opinion on Thursday by a board diplomate oncologist.  I will also know tomorrow, if my Malti-poo has the same cancer!  She coughs, but otherwise, you would never know she is so sick. I have had her on my cancer diet of chicken and brocolli, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, yams all pureed together. I am hoping for another six months :(.

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by Wendyvt68 on Wed Jun 29, 2011 04:51 PM

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On Jun 29, 2011 7:18 AM katie02 wrote:

After being misdiagnosed for one year (allergies and then heart disease diagnosis), Katie, my 13.5 year old Bichon Poodle mix was diagnosed with lung cancer. June 8th, 2010 I found a board diplomate surgeon with a high level of cancer expertise. He removed one lobe and we recovered in three weeks.  It was 10cm. Under 5 has a very good diagnosis (possibly a cure). Over 5 cm is more dismal. We did not do chemo, because I was told it wasn't effective on this type of cancer.  We are just past the one year later, we face cancer again. This time, they don't think removing the cancer (now in a lymph node -- highly likely due to the x-ray) is the right protocol, I am facing chemo.  I am getting a second opinion on Thursday by a board diplomate oncologist.  I will also know tomorrow, if my Malti-poo has the same cancer!  She coughs, but otherwise, you would never know she is so sick. I have had her on my cancer diet of chicken and brocolli, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, yams all pureed together. I am hoping for another six months :(.

I am so sorry to hear your sad news.  Dioji had his left lung removed in early December. The tumor was also small, about the size of a walnut with clean edges.  His surgeon said it came out easily and there were no signs of cancer remaining.  He has now passed his 6 month check point cancer free.  August will be 9 months and time for another chest x-ray.  Only time will tell if he remains cancer free.  All I can do is pray and hope for as much time with him as possible. 

Since his diagnosis I have been feeding him Blue Buffalo brand food to which I add steamed kale and turmeric.  Bot are known for their cancer prevention properties, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.  I included some links for you below. 

My thoughts are with you and Katie as you move into the unknown.  The good news is I have been told Chemo is not as hard on dogs as it is on people.  Hopefully Katie will come through just fine and continue to be the fighter she obviously is.  Good luck to you and give her a little smooch on the nose from Dioji & I. 

Wendy & Dioji

http://www.examiner.com/pets-in-philadelphia/dog-superfoods-

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-t

RE: My dog Dioji (D.O.G.) was recently diagnosed with lung cancer...

by lov4az53 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:08 PM

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On Nov 22, 2010 6:01 PM arubagal wrote:

My dog Crystal passed away a month ago due to TCC (transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder).  I do not have experience with lung cancer so will leave it for others to comment on whether surgery is best.    

However, you said you cannot bear the thought of every day after his surgery thinking about how close it is getting to the end.  This is an area where I have experience.   The median lifespan with TCC is 250-350 days after diagnosis even if all methodologies (surgery / chemo / radiation) are used together.  Not even a year.  No matter how you decide to proceed with treatment for Dioji, try and see each day as another opportunity to make memories and to feel how special he is and let him know how special he is to you.  I had a 5 year old cat die of a heart attack a couple of years ago and it made me realize that although it is difficult to go through this journey with our pets (or any other loved ones) it does give us time to say everything we want to say, do everything we want to do, and not suddenly realize our last opportunities have already gone and we didn't know it.

Whether or not you proceed with surgery, do everything you can to support Dioji's immune system.   This include feeding the finest human grade food you can - whether it is human food, kibble, canned, raw, or whatever.  Good nutrition will make a difference.    

My Sheltie, Crystal, lived 322 days with TCC, which is considered excellent.  She did not have surgery, chemo, or radiation.   She had the finest food I could buy, she had a large number of immune system enhancers as well as several products that are also used in the human fight against cancer, namely turmeric (circumin), mycotaki mushroom caps, Salvestrols, and others.  My feeling with the diagnosis of an incurable cancer was not to harm her quality of life and to give her body the tools to fight the cancer as well and as long as possible.

In Dioji's case, it sounds as though the cancer is fairly contained at this time.   Sometimes cancer is a good strategy in that situation.   For sure I would talk to a holistic veterinarian to get the tools to use in the post-surgery recovery fight, to maximize Dioji's immune response and hold off a recurrence for as long as possible.

Get all the information you can from others who have handled this type of cancer but of course in the end all the decisions are up to you.   When the decisions are made with love and with your furkid's quality of life in mind, your decisions will be the right ones always.

Arubagal 

i feel for you very much. my dog sam was close to 13yrs old when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.i did everthing to save him. three months lapsed before he was finally referred to a specialist to really confirm that he had a large lung mass.it was removed shortly after and sam did very well the oncologist received the tissue report that it was a grade 3 tumor .the worst kind.they got it all out but with his age being against him and the delay of the surgery took a toll on him physically.he passed away in his sleep 2-1-2012 the day he was to begin a regiment of chemo.but i have wonderful memories with him.cherri sh every moment for there love is unconditional.

RE: My dog Dioji (D.O.G.) was recently diagnosed with lung cancer...

by carynfish on Wed Nov 13, 2013 01:33 AM

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I found out today that my dog, she is a mutt, (10.5 yrs old) has secondary lung cancer, that may have started in her kidney.  The prognosis is grim.  The choice was to put her down or to give her steroids and a diuretic.  I chose the latter, but I know the minute I see her in pain or suffering I will put her down.  My heart is broken.  She loves to take walks. So I will continue to take her until she can no longer go.  I will love her til her dying day.  This is the saddest thing ever.

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