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Nitro's Cancer....some answers, and some closure
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Hi all...it's been almost 4 years since we started this journey, and I still had some questions about Nitro's cancer that bothered me. A little background for those who don't know his incredible story:  I noticed a growth on Nitro's right front ankle around early March 2014. X-rays showed a honeycomb-like tumor and after 4 biopsies an initial diagnosis was made of "fibrous sarcoma"; if this was indeed the case, an amputation would be considered a "cure". He had the amp June 17, 2014 and thus began his 3+ year  journey as a Tripawd. It took over 5 weeks for the pathology report of his leg to come back. I'd begun to fear they lost the leg, for I couldn't understand why it would be so hard to come to establish a diagnosis on such an aggressive thing as bone cancer. Finally, I was told it was not the fibrous sarcoma that was first thought, but indeed osteosarcoma. After this 5 week delay, he started chemo (6 rounds of carboplatin). We waited for the anticipated metastasis to occur, always wondering when the other shoe would drop. It never did, and after 3+ years since the amp, old age took him from us instead.

Since the beginning, I've always wondered "why did my dog seem to beat the odds?" Did he really have osteo, or was it the less serious fibrous sarcoma as was first thought. I never did see the path report, so I emailed the clinic for a copy, and had my personal vet explain it to me. I thought these results may help someone in the future, as they deal with this dreaded cancer. Here is what she told me:

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So this explains why it took so long to reach a diagnosis, which was a relief. She went on to explain:

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So after years of second-guessing myself, and the decisions we made, I feel there is closure now. I always wondered if it was really osteo, and if it wasn't, did I put him through chemo for nothing? Did I cause his failing kidneys with the poison I allowed to be pumped into him? Now I can rest somewhat easy, knowing we did everything we could, without doing too much. Hopefully this information will help someone, somewhere, with this journey.

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

http://nitro.tripawds.com

"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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Paula you are a DEAR for sharing this information with us, thank you thank you thank you. We always learn so much from each other here. I didn't know those nuances about fibroblastic OSA, which makes me want to cover this in the blog. Stay tuned for that, but meanwhile...

{{{{{hugs}}}}} We know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you gave Nitro the best life EVER and did everything possible to ensure he had a great quality of life right up until his transition. What a lucky, lucky boy. 

For new members, I encourage you to visit Nitro's beautiful blog:

http://nitro.tr.....pawds.com/

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Thanks for sharing the information Paula.   It's is always a good learning thing no matter how long it is when we find out information. 

xoxoxox

Michelle & Angel Sassy

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Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
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07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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dobemom said
Hi all...it's been almost 4 years since we started this journey, and I still had some questions about Nitro's cancer that bothered me.... always wondering when the other shoe would drop. It never did, and after 3+ years since the amp, old age took him from us instead.

Since the beginning, I've always wondered "why did my dog seem to beat the odds?" Did he really have osteo, or was it the less serious fibrous sarcoma as was first thought. I never did see the path report, so I emailed the clinic for a copy, and had my personal vet explain it to me. I thought these results may help someone in the future, as they deal with this dreaded cancer. Here is what she told 

So after years of second-guessing myself, and the decisions we made, I feel there is closure now. I always wondered if it was really osteo, and if it wasn't, did I put him through chemo for nothing? Did I cause his failing kidneys with the poison I allowed to be pumped into him? Now I can rest somewhat easy, knowing we did everything we could, without doing too much. Hopefully this information will help someone, somewhere, with this journey.

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro  

Paula

i have just read this to Paul and we are both filled with a little more hope!!! There is a huge possibility that Stewie can live on for many more years into his old age!!! Nitro showed us this by living a beautiful long life with you! I feel even more certain about what we have done for Stewie and I am grateful for you and Nitro in so many different ways! Thank you for sharing this and for being so inquisitively persistent!

You guys did an incredible job in loving Nitro as you did! Feel really good about what you did for him okay!!!

massive hugs to you and Super special spirit kisses to Nitro!

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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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