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Possibly osteosarcoma has come back on remaining front leg of my dobermann girl..
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10 April 2020 - 9:37 am
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My 7 year old dobermann girl Whisper is nearly 1 year post amputation next week for osteosarcoma. Last week I noticed  a slight swelling on her left front foreleg. My heart plummeted. She was admitted yesterday for a routine X-ray which she has every 3 months to check her lungs etc. Her lungs and lymph nodes are all clear.  They took the X-ray and there was bony changes, they put her under GA and took a bone biopsy from the lump which they have now sent off.. I am dreading the results. Is there anyone who can advise or have had experience with this. I am absolutely in pieces... thank you in advance xxx 

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Hi Whisper and family, welcome. We are so sorry to hear about the situation and hope with all our heart that the biopsy comes back as something other than metastasis. It's such a rare thing to happen, but you did the right thing by getting it checked out asap. Try not to think the worst (I know it's hard not to). IF this is metastasis, and that's a BIG IF, there are probably treatment options like radiation therapy and bisphosphonates that can help. Your oncology team can let you know if that's an option for her IF IF IF this is worst case scenario.

Please let us know when you hear back OK? We are keeping you in our hearts.

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situation. Can only ditto Jerry.  It IS rare that ot goes to another leg, but it does happen.  Hopefully  this is not a thing bad at all.   AMD, as Jerry said, even if it's bad, there are options. 

We do see where xrays that show "bone issues"  that aren't  clearly defined, often are no. boggy at all.  So hang onto that, okay?

In the meantime. we want to celebrate  with you the fact that Whisper is doing so well as a one year survivor!  And we are all hoping for that victory to continue!!

Stay connected  and update when yoj can.


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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