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Old 08-08-2012, 09:18 PM
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Default Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar

I happened to see the posts about Sugar elsewhere and his having a nerve sheath tumor on his leg... I know you're going to see the specialist tomorrow and just wanted you to know that we will be thinking about you and hoping for the best possible outcome.

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Old 08-09-2012, 10:16 AM
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Bonnie,
Hope the specialist appointment goes well!
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for your support.

The trip to OSU yesterday didn't go as well as I had hoped. Sugar has a mass tumor on his right carpal planter surface. It is called hemangiopericytoma or a peripheral nerve sheath tumor, grade 1.

Normally, a grade 1 would be a good thing since it is the least damaging and is removed successfully by surgery. However, because of Sugar's location, right behind the last pad of his paw, and the size, it cannot be removed surgerically without reconstruction surgery as well. We're talking about a 2 to 3 week hospitalization and two separate surgeries with a skin graft from his stomach. It's also very expensive.

The second recommendation is for 21 'hits' of radiation. Luck isn't with us since the nearest place that could do this therapy is the University of Missouri at Columbia, a 400-mile round trip for us. I can't possibly drive that 21 times over a month nor can I take off 3 weeks or more of work to temporarily go there. I have other animals that I'd have to kennel or find a pet sitter.

That leaves us with chemo therapy. The OSU oncologist who looked at Sugar yesterday said that there isn't any chemo that will reduce the tumor, but some that could prevent it from growing. This is the direction I think we'll pursue. That and keeping him pain free. They started him on Tramadol.

I just can't see putting Sugar through either the recommended surgery. Amputation of his fore leg is out because of his weight and age.
We will have to return to OSU for a visit with the oncologist to get started. I don't know when we'll do that.

I feel so bad because I didn't notice the tumor while it was small enough to excise without the extensive damage to his leg and paw. But then the groomer and two vets didn't notice it either.

I have a lot to think over this weekend.

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Old 08-10-2012, 09:14 AM
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Bonnie, so sorry to hear this. Too bad there isn't a vet tech in Columbia who could foster Sugar for 3 weeks. But you probably woudn't feel comfortable not being there for the radiation and any side effects anyway.

We do what we can. hugs, Judi
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Bonnie - so sorry to hear of Sugars ailments and your aching heart. We are here for you!!!

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Bonnie... so sorry to hear that the surgery would be so extensive.

I confess I might consider the amputation if the tumor starts to enlarge. Given the alternative...

How old is Sugar?

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Default My Sugar is to have his leg amputated tomorrow.

I've been crying over this decision. Although the cold laser and chemo reduced the tumor drastically, he began to develop complications the last week of November. The circulation in the leg was impacted and both his paw and his upper leg, above the tumor, began to swell. Also, more tissue was dying. Both vets recommended we amputate.

I know that in a few more weeks, he should be out of pain and adjusting. He has worn an E-collar since the beginning of August and is on number 8. He should feel much better.

However, I feel horrible that this whole cancer went un-detected for so long and that the treatment can't save his leg.

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Oh man! So sorrry . Will be sending you positive vibes for tomorrow and for a speedy recovery
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:27 PM
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Default Re: My Sugar is to have his leg amputated tomorrow.

Bonnie, posting here as well. I saw your post on CDMB and just posted briefly.

I don't believe they would operate either if the blood in urine means an infection or ulcerated area...might cause further complications down the road. Hoping they can figure it out quickly for the best outcome for Sugar!

Praying for you both. Keep us posted!
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You have done everything possible. I hope the surgery goes smoothly. Hugs
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