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lewvino
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   Posted 1/5/2011 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that we don't usually discuss this on our forum. The moderators can delete this post if they feel the need to and I understand.
 
Yesterday we found out that our Golden Retreiver named Lilly (Age 10) has Lymph Node Cancer. Two vets from two different practices have diagnosed and agree. They give Lilly about 6 weeks to 3 months. Of course we are monitoring and will let her go 'peacefully' when we feel the time is right.
 
I wish that she could be a cancer survivor like I am.
 
Larry
Age 56 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN.

Final Path report:

20% of the prostate Involved
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
First post Surgery PSA - 0
Six month PSA - 0
Ten month PSA - 0
Fifteen month PSA - 0

Purgatory
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   Posted 1/5/2011 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that, Larry. Even our 4 legged friends get taken out by the Cancer curse.  It was exactly a year ago that we had to put down our family dog, she lived to be a verified 20 years old, and enlarged heart finally got her.  It was a long life for a large breed dog the vet said.

Post Edited (Purgatory) : 1/5/2011 1:45:44 PM (GMT-7)


Cajun Jeff
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Total Posts : 4106
   Posted 1/5/2011 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Im so sad to hear this news. Our pets are members of our family.

Cajun jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
2 year PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED but getting better

Arnie
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Total Posts : 372
   Posted 1/5/2011 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Family member indeed, Larry.......my thoughts are with you. That's tougher sledding than people realize.

Arnie in DE

 


Casey59
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   Posted 1/5/2011 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear this, Larry.

I discovered a mass in my Golden on Monday...about the size of a deck of cards, down by her lower rib cage near her underside. Taking her to the vet this weekend.

We used to joke that torn ligaments must run in the family...I've had 3 knee reconstructions, she's had two. My wife & I looked saddened at each other when we felt this lump in her side, with the realization that both she (my wife) and I have dealt with cancer, and now maybe Sandy has it, too.

James C.
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   Posted 1/5/2011 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Really sorry to hear this bad news. Our animals are our family, or at least they are in mine... :-)
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

zufus
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   Posted 1/5/2011 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes these are like family or are family to some of us.  Sorry for the poster herein and for you Casey.(also my neighbor has a gorgeous golden age 3 or 4 with similar cancer..very sad),. I recently lost one of my two rescue dogs  (Australian Shepherd mix- a cute s.o.b. too).
Had xrays reveal cancer that grew and pushed intestines out of the normal path, thus dog could not crap, I assisted this dog to live via water, soy and liquids for about 6 weeks after grim diagnosis. What a battle for life, that dog even got up to pee about 2 hours before he died and he really couldn't hardly get up and walk, I was dragging him around on a doggie bed for weeks..I didn't want to lose this dog either.  Doc even had me give the dog some Prednisone which cause some stir in him I noticed, so dropped that. Is it the Chinese dog food, or bad luck???? This Chinese dog food influence is substaintial.
 
I did adopted another dog recently, got a black lab with one blue eye and one brown eye...his name already was 'Blue' works for me. Around 6 yrs. old, trained and good to go...worked out great for me and my other Aussie dog for a new step brother. yeah
 
Needless to say, dogs are the best.

daveshan
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   Posted 1/5/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry to hear about Lilly, they really are part of the family.
Dave in Durango CO

keysailfisher
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Total Posts : 346
   Posted 1/5/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
It's sad when one of our pets are sick. I don't think my Beagle has much longer. sad

spottydog10
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Total Posts : 345
   Posted 1/5/2011 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, very sorry to hear about lilly.

We lost our lovely border collie Spot a few months ago, got him as a rescue pup
16 years ago. He was like a 5 year old human in a dog suit:)

Mike


clocknut
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   Posted 1/5/2011 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Our Shih-Tzu died three years ago, and we've never even tried to replace him.  He was absolutely the smartest dog I've ever owned, and I swear he could understand English better than a lot of humans.  When we opened presents on Christmas, he would watch for a while before finally rooting around under the tree and somehow finding his present.  He was never wrong about that, and then he would tear off the paper.

Ironically, he died of prostate cancer.

The vet said that male dogs who aren't neutered are at a heightened risk for prostate cancer, and that's what took him.  I think he was trying to tell me something, even in his passing.

I agree.  Our dogs become part of the family, and we mourn them deeply.

 


lewvino
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Total Posts : 384
   Posted 1/5/2011 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for your kind words! It does help to know others love their pets!
The Vet gave Lilly Prednisone and my Daughter in law lives with us and is keeping an eye on Lilly. She used to work for a vet and her mother still does so Lilly is in good care.


Larry
Age 56 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN.

Final Path report:

20% of the prostate Involved
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
First post Surgery PSA - 0
Six month PSA - 0
Ten month PSA - 0
Fifteen month PSA - 0

Galileo
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   Posted 1/5/2011 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, I know how it feels. We lost our first golden when he was eight. Cardiac myopathy. My wife and I cried. My son created a memorial for him.

Maybe one day we'll see our faithful friends at the Rainbow Bridge: http://www.rainbowbridge.org/

Peace.
Galileo

Dx Feb 2006, PSA 9 @age 43
RRP Apr 2006 - Gleason 3+4, T2c, NX MX, pos margins
PSA 5/06 <0.1, 8/06 0.2, 12/06 0.6, 1/07 0.7.
Salvage radiation (IMRT) Jan-Mar 2007
PSA 9/2007 and thereafter <0.1
pcabefore50.blogspot.com

Burlcodad
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 1/6/2011 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry to hear that.  We lost ours at about the same age to cancer a few years back.  It was really tough - The vet offered me the opportunity to stay with him while he put him down - I couldnt do it emotionally and regret it to this day that I did not.  They are such great dogs.
 
I wish you and your family the best.
 
Ray

TTaylor
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Total Posts : 102
   Posted 1/7/2011 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry
Our pets really do become a part of our lives. So sorry to hear about your beloved Lilly. My dog is a part of my family as well so I can certainly understand your concern. I wish for you and your family the very best.
TTaylor
Age 67. Robotic prostatectomy 10/26/2010, due for RT in Janury 0f 2011. Eight of 12 lobes positive. Gleason Score 4+4=8, Margin envolvement was present with adipose tissue invasion and perineural invasion, glandular and stromal hyperplasia present,pT3 pNO and no evidence of metastatic adenocarcinoma. 1st psa after surgery Nov. 24, 2010 was .3
HT started Nov. 24, 2010.

Sephie
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   Posted 1/7/2011 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry, I feel your pain. We have had to put cats and dogs down due to illness...a few of them from cancer. When the time comes, you will know what to do and will do it for love of your Lilly.

Our vet, who is an absolutely wonderful man, handed us this poem when we had to put our first cat down 21 years ago (she had lung cancer!). If you Google "Rainbow Bridge", you will find this poem (author unknown).

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together....
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