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30 October 2022
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30 October 2022 - 2:51 pm
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Hello All, I just joined the forum.  My seven year old pit mix rescue Joey has received a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma presenting as a large mass in his left hind thigh.  The tumor ruptured two weeks ago today during our morning run, it bled a lot the first week and we didn't get to a CT scan before this past Thursday. The CT scan and an echocardiogram could not find any evidence of tumors, lesions, and bleeds in his spleen or heart, and that the tumor in his thigh was contained within the muscle capsule.  Based on that information my surgeon advised that with amputation and a short run of chemo he could have another good year.  The anguishing part though is that once the surgery begins this Thursday, and she finds that the leg tumor is not contained and has spread into his abdomen, she advises that the right thing to do would be to euthanize him there.  I guess I agree that carrying on with the amputation with a poor outlook for longevity, having him suffer the recovery from amputation would be unfair to him. I'm hoping for the best but fear the worst; the surgeon gave me 75% chance for a successful outcome, I'd prefer better odds.  If anyone has had a similar experience with this cancer and outcomes, please let me know your thoughts.



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30 October 2022 - 4:12 pm
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Hi Shawn, welcome to the club nopawdy wants to join. I'm so sorry about Joey's diagnosis. Hemangio is a gut punch for sure. It's one of those cancers that can have a poor prognosis. But like we say around here, no dog has an expiration date stamped on their but. Every story is different and all those prognosis statics didn't include your dog. So you hope for the best and prepare for the worst, just in case. 

Whenever you are second guessing a diagnosis, it's always good to get another opinion. In this case if your current vet is not a surgical oncologist, it couldn't hurt to find one who can review his case. Since surgery is Thursday that's probably not possible unfortunately but it can't hurt to ask if that will bring you more peace of mind.

Meanwhile, here is a Tripawds member story about hemangio

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