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Mark Salinas
14 November 2019 - 8:39 am
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How long do people normally wait to do surgery between the diagnose and the actual surgery, is a week to long is a month to long, i guess it depends on Money and how long we actually wanna see our dog in pain, Pain meds in between i’m sure, but i’m just curious on the wit time frame, i’m thinking the longer we wait the more it spreads, is it a slow spreader or does it move fast, is a few weeks to long.icon_lol

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14 November 2019 - 10:51 am
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Hi Mark,

You’re right, it really depends on a lot of factors but I would say the majority of people here experience a one to two week wait time between surgery and amputation. 

The important thing is to treat it quickly, however you decide to proceed. As you know bone cancer is the worst kind of pain there is, and by the time an animal is showing signs they are already in excruciating pain.

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Hi, sorry you going through this. Brownie was also diagnosed with bone cancer. He had his surgery three weeks after diagnosis only because I couldn’t decide what to do.

The first two weeks he seem to do fine on pain meds. I couldn’t even see the lump. But in the third week all of a sudden this lump appeared on the lower part of his front leg and the pain medication wasn’t working anymore. The vet also told me he could fracture his leg just by walking. I can’t imagine how painful that would be so we had the surgery. That was over 8 months ago. Beside some senior dog issues he is doing great with cancer diet and supplents. 

Wishing you and your fur baby the best!

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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As you have alluded to, I do not think we know how long is “too long” to wait, but as jerry said, in terms of pain control sooner is better! I asked our oncologist this because between making the decision, scheduling surgery and a unavoidable business trip I had to go on we ended waiting about 1.5 weeks – she told me that she did not think that amount of time made a difference clinically (i.e. in terms of long-term survival). We opted for palliative radiation to help with the pain during that time because medications just weren’t cutting it for us. The palliative radiation did an AMAZING job at pain control (much better than I expected) … but it was so good he ended up fracturing the leg playing which pushed up our surgery day by a few days (but also made the decision to amputate that much easier). I’m happy to say that 4+ months later he is still hopping along and happy. <3 

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