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Subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma
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31 July 2022 - 8:42 am
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First post, but I've been lurking for months. Bear is my 11 year old trash bandit, tupperware hoarding, wrecking ball of excitement rottweiler and the best friend I've ever had (human or canine). 

In January he got a lump on his hock which grew rapidly, ulcerated, and had babies further up the thigh. Biopsies of the mass and lymph node weren't able to confirm any diagnosis, but imaging made it clear that surgical resection wasn't an option. I finally saved up the money, and his amputation was a few weeks ago. By now he's lost a ton of muscle mass, and the surgeon also found 2 more nodules during surgery in his groin. She took those out with good margins, as well as the lymph node, and everything was sent to histo.

The news wasn't good. Rare variant of subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma, with lymph node involvement in the form of a mass. Unfortunately, we only did chest x-rays pre-surgery, so abdomenal ultrasound has to wait until our appt with oncology in a couple weeks. Hemangiosarcoma is one of the hardest cancers to treat, and due to the rare occurrence of this particular variant, the literature is sparse at best.

Given his age, I'm disinclined to agree to multiple antineoplastic agent treatment. Doxirubucin alone seems to be as safe and effective as a cytotoxic chemical compound can be for a cancer that's lethal and incurable.

I'd welcome any advice from those who have experience dealing with hemangio, particularly the chemotherapy aspect of treatment. Also any supplements you'd recommend for me to research. He's taking high bioavailability tumeric/curcurmin, fish oil, and turkey tail right now. And diet? I know in humans, glucose and carbs "feed" tumors, but cutting carbs completely is dangerous for dogs.

Thanks in advance,

Sam

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31 July 2022 - 10:37 am
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Hi Sam. Wanted to get your post approved so folks can chime in, your future ones won't need to wait. Back in a bit with some feedback.

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31 July 2022 - 12:33 pm
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I'd welcome any advice from those who have experience dealing with hemangio, particularly the chemotherapy aspect of treatment. Also any supplements you'd recommend for me to research. He's taking high bioavailability tumeric/curcurmin, fish oil, and turkey tail right now. And diet? I know in humans, glucose and carbs "feed" tumors, but cutting carbs completely is dangerous for dogs.

Hi Sam. I'm so sorry for the diagnosis. Hemangio is such a tricky beast. It's not something I've personally dealt with but unfortunately many others here have in the past. One of the longest lived dogs was Butchey Hudson. And there's Shadow, most recently. He was 1 year post diagnosis last we heard. If you want to PM his mom I highly recommend it. Just go over to their post and click on the envelope icon.

This is what I toldRye's people when they posted:

So, when it comes to this disease, we've also seen some members completely blow the statistics out of the water. You just don't know what will happen, as with many cancers. Here are some stories that I hope will make you smile and have more hope:

Tripawd Tuesday: Hemangiosarcoma in Amputee Dogs, Chestnut’s Story

Tripawd Tuesday TwoFer: Vinny and Elvis Pounce on Hemangiosarcoma

Luna's story

And I do believe the longest lived Tripawd member with hemangiosarcoma, Butchey Hudson (26 months!)

Instead of Dr. Google, I highly recommend The Dog Cancer Survival Guide . There's a ton of great info about this cancer in the book, like discussions about Mushroom Therapy for Canine Hemangiosarcoma.

 Onco vets advise not to change anything about their diet until after chemo is over, whatever treatment you decide. It's the best way to manage any possible side effects, because if everything else is the same in their life and they do get effects, you know what it's coming from.

Oh about carbs, I wrote this post a while back in the Tripawds Nutrition blog , you might want to check it out:

Does a Low Carb Pet Cancer Diet Make a Difference?

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