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Histiocystic Sarcoma and chemotherapy
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As some of you may know my Bentley just had his right hind limb amputated due to soft tissue sarcoma. After the diagnostics performed on his leg they found it was a histiocystic tumor which means it has a high rate of spreading and they thought it was a low grade. I'm waiting to hear from the oncologist since the surgeon gave me the news l, but from what I've read chemotherapy seems to be the next step. I'm scared of that and what it entails and if it will even help. Any advise will be great. I feel like I keep getting good news then it just switches to bad. 

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I feel like I keep getting good news then it just switches to bad. 

I'm sorry about the path report, the cancer journey is a roller coaster.  I'm not making light of the situation, Maggie's cancer journey with mast cell was like this.  I thought the amp was curative, then found out her prognosis was 6 to 9 months.

My advice would be to do just what you are doing- talk to an oncologist.  Find out what all the options are then decide on a path forward.  Most dogs do fine with chemo with little or no side effects.  But there are risks to it and some pups get very sick from chemo and in very, very rare instances die. 

Don't make your decision out of fear- but out of knowledge and what you think is best for you and Bentley.

Mag did about six months of chemo for her mast cell cancer and did pretty well.  She had a few side effects but we were able to manage them and keep her life quality good.  I also chose not to treat her second cancer, and when quad pug Tani's mast cell cancer came back I decided on a holistic approach. 

And if you decide to do chemo you can always stop if Bentley doesn't do well.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


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Like Karen's point of making your decision out of of but out of knowledge and what is best for you and Bentley. You know Bentley better than anyone.

You will near over and over here, there are no guarantees either way. It really is, to dome degree, a crap shoot.

Try and make a switch in your head that this is just part of the ups and downs of this crazy journey. We call it a roller coaster ride for good reason! I certainly understand why it seems like you're going from good ro bad rhough. It's just another vump in the road. Like you've done before, you'll gather information and proceed forward with a "treatment plan", whatever that may entail...holostic....nutritional supplements...chemo...all, or none! Such an individual choice with no right or wrong decision!!

My Happy Hannah had osteosarcoma and had dour rounds of Carboplatin. For me, knowing I xould stop if she jad side effects helped in my decision. She didn't mind going to the vet and she didn't mind car rides and thst was really important to me. My Happy Hannah sailed through the chemo and didn't even have some of the expected mild side effects. As Karen said, some do have mikd managed side effects for a acouple of days. On rare, occasion it can be more extreme.

From your other lost, I know that Bentley is now eating and doing very well! YAY FOR BENTLEY!! 🙂 I know it feels really good to see him feeling better!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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