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5 yo Golden with Lymphoma

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My Golden retriever was just diagnosed with high grade lymphoma. I was wondering if there was anyone out there that has gone through this with their dog? I have heard the options but was wondering what quality of life will be for our beloved with the different options.

Thanks for any information/experience you can share.

I am very sad right now......
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So sorry to hear about the diagnosis. I had a beautiful Golden (aren't they the best dogs in the world!?) who was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma. Cancer is truly a horrible diagnosis. Your Golden is a lot younger and maybe there are a lot more treatment options out there for her. Try to consult a vet that specifically knows about problems in Goldens.

Hope all goes well for you and your Golden.

I'm very sorry to hear about your doggie. My dog, Trina, just passed away 2 days ago. I swear its the hardest thing I've ever been through. Trina was 12 years old at diognosis. She was diagnosed at stage 4. She was otherwise a very healthy dog. Because of this, I chose to go with the chemo. I thought for sure she still had a several years ahead of her before I discovered the tiny lumps. When the doctor told me she would only have 6-8 weeks untreated, I couldn't bare the thought. She showed no symptoms whatsoever. I had to choose the single drug treatment. This was suppose to run appx $1500. I think I ended up closer to $2500-$3000, but it was worth every penny. I opened up a credit card just for this. The single dose is suppose to have a life expectancy of 6-8 months. Trina made it 7. The chemo went so well that I thought I had a miracle dog on my hands. You would've never guessed she was a 12 year old with cancer going though chemotherapy. She was her usual chipper self. Always thrilled to do our regular activities-beach, walk, etc. She continued on this way for about 5 1/2 months after diognosis. The last 1 1/2 months was hard, but I still feel she had a good quality of life up until the last week or so.
When I first found the cancer, I had found some forum somewhere where someone had posted what an awful thing to do to a dog in regards to chemotherapy. I can't seem to find this anymore-but every dog is different. I would hate for someone else to find the one I did and base their decision on this person's opinion...as I almost did. When you think of chemotherapy in humans, I could see not wanting to put a dog through that...but dogs are different! If I had to do it all over again-I would do it all the same. If I could financially afford the multi-drug chemo, that would've been the only change. Unfortunately, my credit limit was set. But 7 months was way better than 2!
Well I'm sure you have already chose the best route for you and your dog, but I wanted to post just as a reference for anyone else that may be going through it as well. I hope my experience helps someone with their own.

Love you Trina.
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So sorry to hear about your golden, Sorry I can't help you with your question, but what gives is my question, why is this breed more susceptible to cancer?
i read recently that they brought the lifespan of Golden's down because they are dying of cancer at an early age? They believe this to be caused by some recent mutations? I would assume that because your dog is so young that it's chances of survival with treatment are much better, I wish you and your dog the best and hope someone can provide more information on this.
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