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So glad to hear you are still spending quality time with Cygnus!!

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Yes beautifully said Rob.

I would encourage you to start your thread now and share what you have learned today. It sounds like you have things to offer to dogs who are going through this right now. It will be difficult to muster up the mental strength once Sascha has gone. You could offer a summarising post once she has gone will all of the key info. ...That is my plan anyway.
Looking forward to hearing more about your trials and tribulations on this road that sadly many of us find themselves on. In the meantime it sounds like you have plenty more sunny days to enjoy with Sascha. Good luck!
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Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving and best wishes for their Goldens!
As Rob said, this forum has helped us tremendously to make the best decisions in treating and dealing with Cyg's cancer. This is such a wonderful source of support and information. Thank you!
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Sending you and Cyg very good thoughts that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving that is uneventful and enjoyable!

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When all is said and done and Sasha has crossed the golden bridge to the land of infinite new smells, fresh grass to roll in, clear blue lakes and streams to swim in, and not so bright squirrels to chase; I plan on writing up a detailed post/report starting with Sashas diagnoses, vet apt, choice options, treatments decided on, and health observations along the way. I plan on making it as complete as possible by getting vet records from both our primary vet as well as our oncologist and including data such as blood work, ultrasounds, xrays, etc.

One of the worst parts about this type of cancer is I couldn't find hardly any first hand information about it when it came to goldens. This thread was the first one I found (after lots and lots of search) that had a golden with the same type of cancer. Not only has the community helped me mentally and emotionally, its really helped me understand the process.

One of Sasha's legacies I would like to leave is a fresh post with all of the info I spoke of above. That way hopefully someone who gets the dreaded "C word" from their vet about their golden will find this and have an idea of what to expect and what options there are out there.

If it can help just one person not feel as completely lost as I did for the first few weeks, then I think that would make Sasha (and me by proxy) feel like some good has come out of all of this.

Thanks again to everyone out here on the board with their positive thoughts, encouraging posts, and information. Without this board, I believe this experience would be so much worse.

So again, thank you so very much, you all are amazing people and you have my deepest gratitude!

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Rob, that's what our goldens teach us, to spread unconditional love, understanding and support to those we have never met before.
Hope your new thread helps the others.
I pray Cygnus and Sasha stay with their dear families for long time to come.


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Hi All! Just wanted to wish everyone a belated Merry Winter Holidays and a Happy New Year! Life is good in the Hansen household down in Texas. Sasha is doing very well and both of her tumors are currently stable. Blood panels keep coming back in the normal range except for being very slight anemic. Dr says this is nothing to worry about, but something we need to watch. The cooler weather has certainly continued to give Sasha lots of spunk and she really enjoys her morning walks down at by the bayou and games of disc golf on the weekends.

I found an interesting article I thought a lot of you might be interested in (I'm sure probably some of you have already heard about this, possibly involved in it and its probably already in another thread on this forum, but I figured I'd share anyway just in case some haven't read about it). Its basically a large scale scientific study of a lifetime of Goldens to better understand cancer and how to prevent and treat it. Here is the link in case any of you are interested:
Golden retrievers key to lifetime dog cancer study - Houston Chronicle

Really glad to see that Cgy is doing so well and is also enjoying the cooler weather! Take care all!


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So glad to hear Sasha is doing well and enjoying the cooler weather. It's about the same for Cyg. He went swimming today in Lake Washington and had Palladia tonight. He's tired and sleeping off a busy weekend. He's loving the cool weather and we're loving our time with him. Grateful everyday that he's happy and active.
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So glad to hear that Sasha and Cyg are doing well!!

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I hope that Sasha and Cyg are doing well, sending positive vibes for good time.


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Thank you for the positive thoughts and checking in. We had our monthly check up last Wednesday and it included an ultrasound – which usually occurs every three months to monitor his masses (anal sac adenocarcinoma mass and sublumbar lymph nodes). We delayed our ultrasound check up by five months. We had a great Christmas with Cyg and didn’t want to know if there was bad news so we waited until February. His masses have increased. (September mass measurement was 2.4 x 1.9cm and 2.2cm for the sublumbar lymph nodes. February mass measurement is 3.2 x 2.4cm and 3.5 x 2.7cm for the nodes.) Our oncologist is suggesting we consider a different chemo protocol to see about slowing the disease further:
Mitoxantrone (IV), carboplatin (IV) or melphalan (pill) are the suggested meds or we can continue with the Palladia for a bit longer and reconsider down the road.
I’ve been reading about mitoxantrone and carboplatin but haven’t found anything on melphalan yet. One reason we chose Palladia was that it’s a pill administered at home which means less time for Cyg to spend at the vet. We’ve had some upset stomach issues with Palladia but in general we’ve had surprisingly good results for about eight months. Cygnus has been enjoying the chilly Seattle winter with walks every day, swimming, trips to snow and taking over the majority of the bed at night.
Cyg’s quality of life is paramount for us in making this decision. Has anyone had a better experience with one of these drugs over the other?
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