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Hi all, our catahoula, Huckleberry Hound, had a rear leg amp and hemipelvectomy in May 2019 (soft tissue sarcoma grade 3) she then had 4 weeks daily radiation and several rounds of chemo. Through it all she did amazing…  April 2020, her chest rads and ultrasound were clear.  Sept 2020 she had a small growth on her side that I had aspirated and they said it was histiocytoma, It grew fast (10 days) so I had it removed and requested biopsy it was another soft tissue sarcoma (grade 2). Oncologist visit this week (X-ray and CT scan and ultrasound) revealed many nodules on her lungs and one on her kidney.  The options we were given are Ifosfamide IV Chemo 8 hr infusions, metronomic chemo (cytoxan) or do nothing. 

My hubby and I are unsure of what to do so I thought I would reach out to see if folks have experience with either of these (her first chemo was doxorubicin and she tolerated it well) She’s asymptomatic, she runs and plays and is still competing in dog sports.  We are leaning towards the metronomic chemo

so just looking for input from others who may have been through the same… She is almost 10

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24 October 2020 - 8:56 pm
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First of all, congratulations  on keeping your sweet Golden so happy and giving  her such a quality  lofe!  Clearly you have done an amazing job with your amazing girl!

Others will have to chime in who may have tried the IV infusion.  8 hours?  Wow! 

Metronomics  have been used by some here and, for the most part, it’s a fairly simple treatment with almost no side  effects.  You have to watch out for UTIs, but that’s about it.i did it for a little bit with my Hapoy Hannah and our Founder Jerry took Metronomics with no issues.  

THE MOST IMPORTANT  THING ABOUT    YOUR POST IS THAT YOUR PUP HAS NO SYMPTOMS!  She clearly is thriving and continuing to live life to fullest! Many dogs here have gotten great extended  quality   time even after mets were found…..and that’s even AFTER some “symptoms”  start to show up!

Watch for more feedback from others.  What your sweet Golden’s name?  Golden are such wonderful pups❤

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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25 October 2020 - 8:50 am
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Thanks Sally, Huckleberry is a catahoula leopard dog (not a golden) 

We are thrilled she is symptom free thus far (I have had in the past 2 ridgebacks with cancer and 5 cats and 1 hamster with cancer – so I know how good we have it with her right now) 

I was thinking the ifosfamide might be too aggressive for her at this stage and would take away a lot of time for us to do things with her.

she competed in barn hunt this weekend and last weekend and had a blast 

thanks for the reply!  

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Oh wow I’m sorry about the mets. Dang cancer smiley7 Mets are such a gut punch. 

I don’t have experience with that type of chemotherapy drug, so I can’t give you any feedback there. Have you seen this article? There are some options that you might want to consider:

An Update on Treating Lung Metastasis in Dogs

Also, these Questions to Ask Your Vet Oncologist may help you learn more about the ifosfamide if you’re unfamiliar with the potential side effects. If she did so well with chemo before, the odds of her handling this round are pretty good I would think? What did the onco say about it?

YAY that she is continuing to be herself and enjoying life, what an inspawration! She is one amazing pup. Catahoulas are so pawesome!

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Thanks I read that article which is what prompted me to reach out.  My oncologist hasn’t said anything yet as he just gave us the options (Thursday) and I said I wanted to wait til this week to decide. I will be calling the clinic to set up a call with him – I just know that this chemo will be more aggressive that her last, and the side effects for ifosfamide are worse than the doxorubicin.   THANKS for responding. I really appreciate it 

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Apologies to Hickleberry the Catalona Hound for calling her a Golden!  Had a bit of a brain DUH moment!!!   Can’t  wait to see pictures of this girl!!

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I was thinking the ifosfamide might be too aggressive for her at this stage and would take away a lot of time for us to do things with her.

she competed in barn hunt this weekend and last weekend and had a blast 

  

Hmmmm……may be an answer within those words, as well as your observation  of side effects being worse ❤

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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25 October 2020 - 9:34 pm
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You are so welcome. Let us know how your meeting goes this week!

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No worries at all 🙂 

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