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My pup, Andy!, had his front leg amputated this past May due to Osteosarcoma. He is a 6 year old, 72 lb pound Dobie. Since October, he has developed two grapefruit sized masses on his amputation site. We are unable to biopsy them due to the condition of his lungs, but my question is this: is a possible secondary sarcoma rare to osteosarcoma? I haven't found anyone else or any information on the topic at all...
22 August 2008
Unfortunately, osteosarcoma can also metastasize to soft tissues, and it is not that unusual to see it at the amputation site. Does he have mets in his lungs? Sometimes the lungs are spared and you see the tumor elsewhere.
If a fine-needle aspirate is inconclusive it is usually fairly easy to give a local anesthetic block and take a quick biopsy from the center of the lesion. Getting a definitive diagnosis probably won't change the treatment plan, but it might help you to know for sure that the cancer has spread.
What holistic treatments have you tried? This would be a good time to consider Artemisinin , since you could actually see the skin tumor shrink if it is working.
Good luck, and please keep us updated!
Pam and Tazzie
As far as the holisitic treatment- he is on Neoplasene 300 at 2.0 mls twice per day. I am also to give him a remedy of carcinosin tomorrow. There was some cloudiness and couple of "kernels" in his last round of chest rads ( in late Oct/ early Nov). That's all he's on for the ox. Other meds include: rimadyl, reglan, glucosamine, e-tea supplements ( 4 a day), mulitivitamins, and calcium supplements. I will ask my vet about artemisinin . thanks!