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Westleigh finished chemo on June 21st and went in for her 3 month recheck yesterday and a 9mm solitary nodule was discovered on her lung.  She’s scheduled to go back in 6 weeks to determine possible progression of the nodule to confirm metastasis or if there are any other nodules present.  Genetic testing thru FidoCure was suggested as one possible avenue to explore.  Wondering if anyone has used FidoCure?  

Westleighs 6 month ampuversary was Sep. 3rd 

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Oh no I'm so sorry for this news! It's such a gut punch. How is she doing otherwise? Is she still her old self? 

If it's any comfort, many dogs can go on much longer than anyone predicts. You just never know with lung mets. 

I don't personally have any direct experience with FidoCure, but they are in the same kind of cancer treatment protocols as other immunotherapy companies like Torigen and Elias (although they all have different ways in which they "personalize" their vaccines to attack cancer cells).

Did anyone present the idea of something like the MIMIC treatment, which non-invasively and directly removes the tumor itself? Or another type of non-invasive lung met removal like an ablation therapy?

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Still her normal energetic self otherwise, the oncologist said most likely any symptoms would show up in 3-6 months.  She’ll go back in 6 weeks for a recheck to hopefully get an idea of how fast modules are growing and if at others show up.

The oncologist did mention growth inhibitors with metronomic chemotherapy but it sounds like the side effects would be worse than the original chemo and he said it typically is only about a 20% success in slowing progression.

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I'm so happy to know she's herself! Follow her lead, remember nothing has changed in her mind. Your joy and love is excellent medicine!

I believe your onco vet is thinking of palladia? If so, then they are absolutely right, we don't often see great results here when it comes to managing mets.

IMO six weeks is a long time to wait and see. If you want and are able to pursue additional therapy to tackle those mets, start looking now. What part of the country / globe are you located? That MIMIC study is reporting excellent results. The actual surgery is only available in Southern CA but you can take Westleigh to any of the ETHOS clinics around the country for follow-up care. 

And if follow-up care is not something in the cards, that is OK too. We will support you no matter what you decide. 

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I’m in Northern Virginia so the MIMIC study wouldn’t really be possible. Too bad other ETHOS clinics aren’t offering the surgery because I’m right near one.  

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Hmmm. It couldn't hurt to call them and ask?

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