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How long after surgery did you start chemo?  I know all dogs are different. She is saying to wait until Charlie is healed. In the meantime I’m going to start him on some herbal/holistic supports.

The oncologist wants to start charlie on 5 treatments of carboplatin  3 weeks apart. We haven’t talked to her yet, just a voicemail and the report emailed to us.

It seems like with the carboplatin a lot of side effects are digestive. This worries me because of his pancreatitis history 🙁 We need to talk to her about this concern.


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Hi there 🌺

Eurydice started carboplatin when stitches were removed, we did six sessions 3 weeks apart with zero side effects.

She did take (like most of us here) Cerenia for nausea 1 day before chemo and for 3 days after. 

She didn’t have any healthy problems apart from the damn 💩 cancer so no idea what the situation is with pancreatitis. 

Best of luck, hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Same as Eurydice’s Mom, we were told to start chemo after the stitches came out.  It was actually a week later due to when we were able to schedule.  Fallon also did Carboplatin, 6 doses, 3 weeks apart.  She had absolutely no ill effects from the chemo whatsoever, but she didn’t have any significant medical history prior either. 

Fallon (Tripawd) and Maggie (quadpawd), Greyhounds.  Dawn and Paul, 2 leggers.

Fallon's left front leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on 10/11/17.

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Generally, many dogs start chemo around the two week mark.  Sometimes it may be a bit later depending  on where they are in recovery,  any “issues”, etc.

My Happy Hannah started hers at three weeks.  I felt like she needed a little extra time to recover  from the surgery before starting.    She had four rounds of Carboplatin (the number of doses recommended  by her Onco) three weeks apart.   She sailed through each round with no issue .

Not sure how a predisposition to pancreatitis   would enter into possible side effects. That’s  a question for your Onco. 

Let us know what the Onco says.


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