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…the animal gets infected they can live longer,” explains Dr. Ehrhart. Numerous limb sparing studies she's led prove this finding.
No Amputation / Stereotactic Radiation Therapy for pain management
: Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) to alleviate pain is becoming more widely available for dogs who aren't
…get amputation done for whatever reason, but it's expensive and like Karen said, requires many vet visits unless you go to a teaching hospital with a Stereotactic Radiation Therapy machine in place.
Try not to let yourself get overwhelmed. Have a heart-to-heart with Brick and ask him what he wants. Putting aside
…so many options for her, you've done everything right and it's clear how much she means to you.
OK, two thoughts for you:
Have you considered stereotactic radiation therapy? I'm not even sure if it can be done for this type of tumors but I do know that it has huge success rates for similar situations. It's very
…. Some dogs go longer, some do not. Generally amputation isn't advised if there are mets but that thinking is changing with some oncos. UF does Stereotactic radiation therapy, was that discussed as an option?
Here's a few posts about this subject and an article by one of our favorite oncologists Dr. Joanne
…deciding what's next.
As far as getting rid of the pain, amputation is the only thing that will immediately get rid of it. Newer options like stereotactic radiation therapy are showing some success in shrinking osteo tumors and controlling pain, but it's only available in a couple of places around the US,
…playing it safe and keeping her activity low. If it was up to her, she'd be chasing squirrels outside!
Cyberknife is a also known of stereotactic radiation surgery (SRS). Gamma knife is the other name for it. It is different from the conventional form of radiation treatment in that it more accurately
…in hearing more since as we mentioned we aren't aware of any Tripawds who tried this treatment option first (I believe it's different from stereotactic radiation therapy, which some have tried). Where are you getting the treatment done?
Thanks again, we look forward to hearing more!
…have killed many trees in composing pro/con lists to amputation plus chemo, amputation alone, pain meds alone, pain meds plus palliative radiation, stereotactic radiation plus chemo, etc., etc., etc.
After first visiting Dr. Worley at CSU (without my wife), I was solidly of the opinion that we should
…Bear thanks. Can we be nosy and ask you what stereotactic radiation cost? I should've named this topic "Costs of amputation and treatments since not everyone does chemo. Duh! Oh, and good to hear about Pet's Best;
…K didn't have amputation because we had the option of stereotactic radiation - an intense form of radiation that kills the primary osteosarcoma tumor. It was more expensive than amputation, but in K's particular case, we
…. Then, her leg swelled up and she started limping like crazy. It's the same leg where she had the original bone tumors (they were zapped with stereotactic radiation in January). Our regular vet thinks that K micro-fractured the former tumor site. We're seeing an oncologist at CSU on Monday.
To top it
…s not what anyone wanted to hear! But you have an answer now and that will tell you which direction to go.
Jerry, what about stereotactic radiation? Is that something that Bruno might benefit from, too? I know you are not a vet; I just can't remember what exactly they're using it for and I know
Jerry asked me to clarify a few things that I wrote about SRS (stereotactic radiation).
Pawesome explanation kBear! We appreciate your taking the time to clarify, this does make a lot more sense now that I see the reason why she
Jerry asked me to clarify a few things that I wrote about SRS (stereotactic radiation). This may be more detail than our friend Ally and her mom want... but I'll just add a few things here.
I went through my careful notes
I am simply citing what the CSU oncologists told us. They said that their current patients had a 5-10% chance of primary tumor recurrence after stereotactic radiation.
I don't mind you asking the critical questions! I'm a physiologist/biologist by training so I'm used to it and even like it.
I am simply citing what the CSU oncologists told us. They said that their current patients had a 5-10% chance of primary tumor recurrence after stereotactic radiation. They said that the incidence of recurrence was decreasing because they are better at choosing the cases that are suited for stereotactic radiation…
…. However, they hadn't yet published their more recent data in which they felt that they were choosing patients better for stereotactic radiation.
The bigger risk, in the minds of the CSU vets, was a pathological fracture, because the bone is weaker where the tumor was, yet a dog will…
…the rate of incidence of that.
Back when we were making the decision, I found a research paper that supported the CSU vets' statements about stereotactic radiation's effectiveness against OSA tumors but I'm not sure where. I'll have to look.
I don't mind you asking the critical questions! I'm a
But, some places (e.g., Colorado State vet school) offer stereotactic radiation to kill bone tumors. It is as effective as amputation in getting rid of the primary tumor.
Hey kBear, I apologize for pointing this out but I'm…
…entirely sure this is true, and just want to make sure our information is current. Can you point us to where you read this? From what I understand stereotactic radiation's effectiveness varies depending on lot of factors. We've seen a few Tripawds here who have tried it and it failed to work, resulting in amputation
…so I wouldn't assume that your dog would have to be sedentary after an amputation. But, some places (e.g., Colorado State vet school) offer stereotactic radiation to kill bone tumors. It is as effective as amputation in getting rid of the primary tumor. You might talk to a vet at Ohio State about that...
…removing the cancerous bone will make Bruno's life much happier. If Bruno is not a candidate for amputation, there are sometimes other options like stereotactic radiation or removal of just the cancerous bone (rather than the whole limb). Being a candidate for those options depends on exactly where the cancer is and
…I just lost my whole reply. My error, I'm sure. I'll rewrite it.
I am so sorry that you are going through this, again.
My dog, K, had stereotactic radiation (many highly focused and intense beams) at CSU to kill osteosarcoma tumors on two front limb bones and in the soft tissue around them. It was
…ask your vet to send CSU copies of your records so that a CSU oncologist can reply more informatively about whether Jack is a good candidate for stereotactic radiation (or palliative radiation).
I can't emphasize enough how easily my dog handled the radiation. She did get a radiation burn about a month
…s family are at CSU doing stereotactic radiation right now, this week. You should check in with them about all the details and what the whole shebang has been like.
Is Jack a candidate for
…am so sorry that you and Jack are having such a very tough time.
I'm not sure where you're located... but a few places in the country offer stereotactic radiation to kill bone tumors. My dog, K, had this procedure 3 months ago, and it worked beautifully. It killed the primary tumors in her front leg bones.…
… Alas, she did develop lung mets that we found a couple of weeks ago but that's a whole separate issue.
We had the stereotactic radiation done at Colorado State University (CSU) Vet School. I hear that they do it at Florida State vet school as well. It's growing fast so there may be
Quick background - my 8 yr old Lab, K, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on Dec 23. She had stereotactic radiation to kill the tumors in her radius and ulna (front limb bones). Then, she started carboplatin treatments with the plan to do 6 rounds.
…NEWS!!! Dozer's ct scan showed only the one tumor and can start stereotactic radiation on Monday. We still have a long treatment road ahead, but that's ok.
…don't take that next step to send out records for another opinion without the dog pawrent asking them to. I hope CSU has good news for you. Their stereotactic radiation option is pawesome, we wrote about it here.
I'm not sure about the gas-x. I wouldn't try it without asking your vet. The drugs could be the
…to all of you. I'll answer your questions here.
K's stereotactic radiation involved 3 days of having multiple (about 10, I think) laser-like rays of radiation pointed at her tumors. Each treatment took less than an hour…
…from K's leg). There's scar tissue so the bone isn't as strong as before cancer. One of the issues that the vets consider before recommending stereotactic radiation is whether the tumor location and size will cause the bones to be too prone to fracture after the radiation. That's the biggest risk after the…
…bringing on another bout of pancreas problems. But, it could be that it's worth the risk.
They quoted us a very high cost ($7K) for stereotactic radiation but then the total was only about half of that ($3.5K). We never asked why the total was so much less than the quote. In the end, radiation
…reading your post, I was curious about the cost of the stereotactic radiation treatment. Is it comparable in cost to targeted radiation treatments?
…things on Tripawds. I'm learning by the minute.
Actually, one thing that I can contribute is that a few vet schools are now able to do "stereotactic radiation" to kill osteosarcoma bone tumors as an alternative to amputation. That's what my dog, K, had done. Her xrays show that it has worked beautifully.
… thanks, I could not for the life of me remember the word - losing my mind. Stereotactic radiation, and sometimes it's called "cyber knife". EVen though cyber knife more commonly refers to brain surgery, it turns out that is what it was called…
…when the folks at CSU referred us to a place on Long Island that could have done it.
The folks at CSU are doing research in efficacy of stereotactic radiation on OSA dogs - they are willing to discuss - might be worth a call to anyone going the radiation route for OSA