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Lymphatic Cancer

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My mom called me today because they found out that our Westie, Scooter, has lymphatic cancer.
They took him to the vet today (I think just for a checkup?) and the vet found lymphnodes near his throat, chest, and groin (maybe others, it was hard to understand my mom) were really swollen. This has happened fairly suddenly, since November. He was at the vet in November and she felt nothing then. Bloodwork came back with cancer.
When I was home last week I observed that he was snoring and wheezing. Apparently it's from lymphnodes pressing on his airways.
He's still himself, running around, playing, which I am so thankful for.
He's 11 years old.

We basically have two options. (This information is from the vet, via my mother) 1. We could take him to the vet school for chemotherapy. This might extend his life 10-12 months, but it would be really hard on him, especially because of his age.
2. Treat him with a steroid, Prednisone. According to the vet this might reduce the lymphnodes and extend his life 3-6 months.
I asked my mom what these timeframes mean but she's not sure. She said it doesn't mean 3-6 months from now, just 3-6 months more than he would have without treatment.

My parents are going to go with option 2. I agree with them. I'd rather he be comfortable, and I wouldn't want to put him through chemo, especially if we don't know if it would even help.

I don't have all the information, as I wasn't with them at the vet and I was informed through a very emotional phone call.

I tried googling it, but different sites have very different information. One said that the average survival rate for dogs treated with just Prednisone is 60 days. 60 days from what?

So I came here, asking for your experience. Have any of you had a dog with lymphatic cancer? How did you treat it? How did it go?

I just realized that this dog has been with me for half my life.
I knew he was getting old, I just thought we still had a couple years left. Now we might have weeks? Months? He's always been pretty healthy, overall. I just didn't expect it.

I live about an hour away. I only get to see him on the weekends.

Just felt like posting some pictures.
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The choice of treatment is up to my parents, not me. The cost is probably one of the reasons they're skipping chemo ($6,000). My mom also made it sound like the vet thought it would be hard on him, but maybe that was just her perception.

Thanks for responding, guys.
Stay strong, my Lab can sense when we are upset or stressed so we are trying not to show any emotion around her, although its hard, every time I look at her I can't believe she is sick, and that I may loose her.
This is something I'm a little worried about. I haven't seen him since the diagnosis. I'm so worried that when I do I'll just burst into tears. I don't want him to feel like there is something wrong during the rest of the time I have with him.
I made it through last weekend without crying all over him.

I just got off the phone with my mom a little while ago. This morning he was vomiting and she took him to the vet. They said he has pancreatis (pancreatitis?). They're keeping him at the vet until Monday, and they'll be pushing fluids and seeing what happens. Maybe they'll be doing something else too, I don't know.

I hate thinking about him being there alone. He's not allowed to have his bed or his toys there with him.
I told my mom if it comes time to put him down, I want her to call me first. I want to be there with him if I can. I don't want him to die scared and surrounded by strangers.
Thank you.

I really hate being so far away. Every time I get a call from home I hold my breath.
The vet called my mom this morning. Scooter didn't make it through the night. She said she didn't think it would happen this fast, and she was trying to give us a few more months with him.

He died alone in a cage. That's the part I really wish I could change.
My dad thinks changing his food caused all this. Please tell me that sounds crazy. Changing his food causing cancer?
He was eating Science Diet by the suggestion of the vet, and when I showed my dad how poorly rated it was he changed to Taste of the Wild.
You're probably right. I just don't want him to blame himself for it. I guess I didn't want to feel like it was my fault, either.

This has just been really hard on everybody. He was such a big part of our lives, in some ways that we didn't even realize.
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