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What are the odds of a dog surviving cancer?

Postby kasen » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:57 pm

My dog Misty has been ill recently. She was taken to the vets and they believe she has some kind of cancer. I just want to know the odds of her surviving if she does have it. She means the world to me.
(She is a lurcher and she was three this August)
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Postby harman » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:59 pm

An oncologist can give a percentage of dogs that survived for x months, years, and the average survival time, but they are nevertheless meaningless statistics.

When my dog was diagnosed with cancer, I was asked by my local vet at the time the news was given did I want a referral for a specialist opinion from an oncologist at the Animal Health Trust, which has the most up-to-date treatments, specialist staff and research which is focused on treatment and cures.

He was diagnosed with aggressive cutaneous melanoma, skin cancer, with an average survival post diagnosis of 6 – 12 months, with an excellent quality of life, with no dog having survived longer than two years. The options I was given was try one session of chemo to see how well he would tolerate it, go for surgery to excise the tumour with a wide margin followed by four sessions of chemo, or do nothing, he would have palliative care, and while he still had a good quality to his life, I could enjoy what I had while I had it.

He bounced back quickly from major surgery, had zero side effects from carboplatin (chemo) and jumped back happily into the car after each session and lived an active life for all but an addition 4 years. Diagnosed at four, he died at almost eight, it was a success.

Every case is individual and what if any treatment is in the best interest of a dog depends on the opinion of the oncologist and if the owner can afford or wants to go ahead with treatment.

Good luck with your dog. Keep the Animal Health Trust in mind if it is cancer, the worst case scenario, because the treatment is excellent.
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Postby roan » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:00 pm

The odds are not good. It will depend on the type of cancer she has and if it has spread, plus if the vet can operate and be reasonably sure he removed it all. Some people do chemo on their dogs, with varying results. Here is a website for more info: http://www.fightcaninecancer.com/chemotherapy.html , and I suggest you Google others once your vet--who is the best one to ask your questions to--can give you a more exact diagnosis.

I wish you the best of luck, and hope whatever Misty has is treatable.
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Postby errol » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:03 pm

It's kind of strange the way you say that the vet ( believes ) that your dog has cancer. He should know whether or not she has cancer. I would take her to a different vet for a second opinion. They should know by the dogs blood work whether or not it's cancer. Get a second opinion. If it is cancer, it would depend on the type of cancer. Does your dog have a tumor? Sis the vet take a sample or it? Can it be surgically removed and treated or not. That will make a big difference in her survival rate. If it's untreatable and she is in a lot of pain, I would put her to sleep before the pain gets too bad. I can't even imagine the pain of losing a dog. Mine is now 14 and I am in an absolute panic about his age but, I wouldn't want him to suffer. If I had cancer, I certainly wouldn't want to suffer to the end. If your dog does in fact have cancer and it can be treated, I would do it. It will be very expensive but, it would be worth it to me.
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Postby burhleag » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:14 pm

Sorry to hear about your dog ,and it really does depend on what type and where the cancer is .
Some cancers cant be treated and its better to euthanize the dog to stop any more suffering .Some cancers can be treated if the prognosis will be good with Surgery and chemotherapy or just surgery ,.
But please wait for the results and go from there .
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