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Old 02-20-2012, 10:10 AM
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Chance's Lymphoma CHOP protocol

Chance is my first Golden and he is the best dog I could have asked for!! He is 8 years old and will be 9 in the beginning of April. Big Birthday party surprise, so don't tell him He was diagnosed on Jan 20th, so exactly a month ago. He was already in Stage 4 lymphoma cancer so luckily we found out just in time. He was in the Vet hospital from Friday until Monday. He had a bad reaction to the predisone and he had to be put in an oxygen cage. When I visited my heart was crushing. He was put on the CHOP or University of Wisconsin-25 protocol. We found out he had B-cell Lymphoma and we were happy with that news.

Has anyone else tried this protocol with their Golden?

This week was his 4th week with the doxorubicin, and this week he officially achieved remission! This week seemed to take a lot out of Chance. He normally doesn't even have any reactions to the Chemo but this week he is a little sluggish and not huge on eating all of his food. This is a large dosage the vet informed us and it is normal for him to react this way. Other than this week Chance is back to his old self and if you seen him you would have no idea he is even sick.

This CHOP protocol says is has a survival median of 1 year. It just doesn't even seem right to me when I see Chance running around and behaving no different than the usual. I guess I am a little in denial when I see Chance so full of life, but just as quickly as it took him down when he was first diagnosed I know that can happen again. Praying for a long remission!
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I am praying with you for your Chance boy. He is beautiful dog. I am glad he enjoys life to the fullest. Goldens are special, no one appreciates life like they do.
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So happy Chance is doing well. Enjoy every minute you have together.
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This week on Chance's off week he got really sick. At night he was burning up and started panting, then he could barely walk. I took him to the hospital and they admitted him. He was running a 105 fever, and he came down with an infection. They monitored his white blood cells to make sure they were back up where they should be, at least for a patient with Chemo. I thought he couldn't walk very well because of the infection, but it turned out to be more arthritis in his front shoulder. He spent Friday-Sunday in the hospital and I could not wait to bring him back home. All day he slept yesterday and last night I know at the hospital they woke him up every hour to take his temp, check his iv, etc. Unfortunately we live on the 3rd floor so I had to have my husband carry him down the steps just to go out (95lbs is a little too much for me). The funny thing is when we were outside going potty he seen a duck and started running (full sprint) after it until it jumped into the pond and then chance slowly limped back. I'm like you probably shouldn't do that bud, he thought it was fun though

This morning he is doing well and getting back to himself. (Limping a little) I was not very happy seeing his first real side effect to the chemo, makes my heart break when I know he doesn't feel well. At times I feel I am being selfish, but when I see him recovering I feel like there is no way I couldn't help him anyway I can. Chance has always had preventative insurance, but not for major incidents, boy was I wrong with going with that choice. I had no idea how many alergies, ear infections, arthritis, hot spots, cancer things a Golden can get. His next Chemo is on Tuesday, the protocol has recycled back to the beginning.

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Hoping Chance has no more bad reactions and this week goes well. He sure is a handsome fellow.
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I would do chemo for lymphoma. All my clients who have done it haven't regretted for one second that they did it.
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Praying for sweet Chance boy. All the best on Tuesday.
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Keeping you both in our thoughts and prayers. He is such a beautiful and happy boy!
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