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Bone cancer in other leg after Amputation, is this possible?
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25 May 2013 - 8:08 am
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Louie had his front leg with OS removed Nov 2012. Now his back leg hurts him and there is a slight shade in his back leg xray, is this possible?

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25 May 2013 - 8:13 am
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It is rare, but we have heard a few cases of OSA metastasizing to another appendage bone. In the vast majority of cases it will spread to the lungs or internal organs first. Please keep in mind that we are not vets, however, just speaking from the many stories we've heard here over the years. Please consult with your oncologist and radiologist and keep us posted.

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25 May 2013 - 8:23 pm
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Hey Louie, I hope this is nothing serious. Did another specialist do the x-ray or your regular vet? Go get another opinion just to make absolutely sure what's going on (preferably from an oncologist) and then let us know OK? We are thinking of you and your pack.

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Hi Louie,

 

I would definitely get a second opinion. My Porthos (who was also a front right leg amp) had some occasional pain in his back legs but it turned out to be nothing and he just went back to being his normal self.

The OS did eventually spread to his spine, which is rare.

I just looked at Louie's blog, he is so lovely! wonderful pictures.

Please keep us updated.

Amanda & Angel Porthos 

Angel Porthos, Pyrenean Mastiff, 7 years old Os front right leg, DX 18 May 2012, Amputation 14 June 2012, Hip Dysplasia, Two TPLO surgeries. Is now somewhere over the rainbow, 21 November 2013.

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27 May 2013 - 10:36 am
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Louie, if cuteness keeps any old stupid disease away---you have nothing to worry about:-) :-) What an adorable boy!!

Please keep us updated after you get some more expert opinions.

Sending you the best,

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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I agree with Porthos, get a second opinion and talk with your oncologist.

While it is rare, osteosarcoma can spread to other bones.  Magnum had it come back in the hip of her remaining back leg.  We didn't get xrays done until the end (to confirm it) because the oncologist said it wouldn't change the treatment program (she also had it in her lungs) but I realise now that was not necessarily the best advice.

It might be something else (and I hope it is) but if it is osteosarcoma there may be some options such as radiation and treatment with bisphosphonates that would ease the pain and strengthen the bone to give Louie more quality time with you.

 

Please let us know how you go.

 

Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/

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