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Subject: Osteosarcoma
Date Posted: 8/9/2007 11:38 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2007
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Hi. This week our beloved lab mix, Orry, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a very agressive type of bone cancer.   It has been such a shock to us and although I've read tons of stuff on the net, if any one has had any personal experiece with this type of cancer I would really appreciate hearing how it turned out.

Since Orry still had such life in him yet, we opted to go ahead with the amputation surgery and he just had it done this afternoon. We saw him tonight and the vet is quite pleased at how good he is doing, but we know our time with him is limited and will make the most of the next few weeks and hopefully months.  

If you have any experience with this, I'd love for you to post it. Thanks.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 4:08 PM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2007
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I'm really sorry to hear that!  I don't have any personal experience with it, but it's very hard when a loved one (pet or human) goes through this sort of thing.

I do know that a lot of cancer drugs are very effective for dogs though.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 9:12 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2005
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oh, i'm so sorry. i'm glad you went ahead with the amputation! i know it's a major and scary surgery but nothing else is going to give him the relief that having that leg gone will. i wish you, your family, and orry the best.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 10:36 PM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2006
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I'm so sorry to hear that.  I don't have any experience with this kind of cancer.  Sierra was diagnosed with small tissue carcinoma (I think that's what it is) which is supposed to be a very slow progressing cancer often concentrating in one place.

You should check to see if you have a research hospital at a nearby University.  For instance, UC Davis has a veterinary research hospital.  They often have many more treatments for diseases (though many are experimental)  At any rate, they usually have good information about the disease.

My thoughts are with you all!


Date Posted: 8/13/2007 3:38 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2007
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Thank you all for your encouragement and advice.  Right now Orry is home resting and doing very well after his surgery on Thursday.  He had a check up today and his vet is very pleased with how well he is doing.  Now we are just debating treatment options and making changes to his diet.  We are so glad we went ahead with the amputation, we can see he is in alot less pain just losing the leg.  Thanks again for all your kind words.