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Hi, we have a beautiful golden girl that was 2 last April named Penny. She is the joy of our lives. I took her in for routine shots several weeks ago and vet found enlarged lymph nodes. Put her on strong antibiotics and saw us again in a week and nodes still large. Sent us to specialist. He was very concerned and took samples and did ultrasound. The node in her abdomen is 4". Sent to Colorado and results back today. Very aggressive cancer, either lymphoma or leukemia. Will start chemo tomorrow. Needless to say we are shocked. Very happy and normal acting puppy with no signs of problems. Hate to put her through chemo but she's only 2! So much information but here I am asking for more. Please, any direction would be appreciated. She's so young.
 

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Welcome to the forum. I truly wish the circumstances were much better. What kind of information are you looking for in order for people to be helpful?
 

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Welcome to the forum. I’m sorry I have no experience with this type of cancer but just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for you, your pup and family. This diagnosis is terrible but at 2 seems unimaginable. I’m so sorry.
 

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I think at 2 years and seemingly good health we should proceed with chemo. But then I have heard it’s selfish to put her through that. I would like to know others chemo experience. Also, someone recommended cbd oil added to her food. I wouldn’t do anything without checking with vet but wondered if anyone had done that with good results. I also heard of something called Isopet. A gel radiation for cancer in dogs. I guess I’m struggling to make sense of it all and do the right thing for our girl. Ty for your time.
 

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I am so sorry this is happening to your girl and your family. I do not have experience with this but I am sure I would do everything possible for my boy at that young age. I wish you all the best in dealing with this awful diagnosis.
 

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You will think I am crazy BUT please also refer to another specialist aswell. Have seen, lived ,experienced many misdiagnosis. I do not understand why it is diagnosed as Leukamia or Lymphoma. It is either that or that. Of course, at this age she can very well handle chemo. However, I always suggest to consult more than 1 specialist. In the name of Penny, I literally beg you to further investigate.
 

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Those are not very easily diagnosed ilnesses. One of my dog had enlarged lymph nodes for 3 months . Long time antibiotics nothing helped. Her blood panel /very bad. They also said that it may be lymphoma. Had also resistance to each kind of antibiotics eventhough beforehand she had not used much. On the 4 th month it started to decrease, on the 6 months all gone. There are sooooo many reasons for enlarged lymph nodes. Pls also consult the breeder if there has been any case among the litter puppies.
 

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I am so sorry for such a bad news, sending good thoughts and prayers.
 

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Did they send off a sample of the lymph node fluid? Mine assures me that there are cancer cells in it. But the nodes are not growing which is consistent with cancer. (This ? Was for the reply that said his dog had enlarged lymph nodes). Not sure how to reply to individual messages. I'm new. I hit quick reply but it just. Put it in the thread. I requested the path report from CO and will post when I have it.
 

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Did they send off a sample of the lymph node fluid? Mine assures me that there are cancer cells in it. But the nodes are not growing which is consistent with cancer. (This ? Was for the reply that said his dog had enlarged lymph nodes). Not sure how to reply to individual messages. I'm new. I hit quick reply but it just. Put it in the thread. I requested the path report from CO and will post when I have it.
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Despite having lost 3 Goldens in our lifetimes, we have not had one go through chemo. I would agree getting a second opinion on the matter. And frankly, given the talents of the folks here, you have tapped into a wealth of experience: take advantage of that (and you have!). When we talked to our vet in the past (who has Goldens herself), she said that dogs generally respond to chemo better than humans--in other words, they don't necessarily suffer as many side effects as us humans (but keep in mind, we have no direct experience in that). Considering that Penny is a young 2 years old, she has her youth and resiliency working for her. Let's face it, if you do go ahead with the chemo and half-way through you find it isn't working like you'd hoped--you can stop the chemo and take up another option.

We wish you luck with Penny--we and Hero Hoover (a participant in the MAF National Lifetime Cancer Study) hope you have many many more happy years with your pup! Peace.
 

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I went through this exact ordeal with "Buddy" he was diagnosed with Lymphoma and was in stage 3 as it had spread throughout his body including his lymph nodes. He was seen by several doctors...I didn't give up trying to save him. This was 4 years ago...he is still with us and is very healthy. For your discernment I will give you 2 short videos I did during and after. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
1st video:

Buddy is the one going down the steps
 

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I went through this exact ordeal with "Buddy" he was diagnosed with Lymphoma and was in stage 3 as it had spread throughout his body including his lymph nodes. He was seen by several doctors...I didn't give up trying to save him. This was 4 years ago...he is still with us and is very healthy.
Wow that is an amazing story. There's always hope. Good for you sweet sugarfaced Buddy.
 

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I see another specialist. Also let litter mom know, because there could be issues with the siblings. I wish you all the best. Please keep posted.
 

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I don't know but my 5 year old golden was diagnosed w a 36 mm anal sac carcinoma..2 months max w/out surgery radiation and chemo...I did not want to do anything invasive so I have given her heavy cbd for 6 wks just to help her feel better even tho I don'tthtink she was in pain..took her in today to see how far it had grown and what to expect and they could not feel it! they were shocked in that 3 wks ago I had them come to the house to put her down...I say try cbd..it can't hurt,,,definitely get second opinion...I got another puppy to ease her loss, now I have three. maybe cbd can help your baby! It might flare up, I just am in shock in that I have cried every day for 6 weeks with anticipatory grief....keep trying!!!
 

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I don't know but my 5 year old golden was diagnosed w a 36 mm anal sac carcinoma..2 months max w/out surgery radiation and chemo...I did not want to do anything invasive so I have given her heavy cbd for 6 wks just to help her feel better even tho I don'tthtink she was in pain..took her in today to see how far it had grown and what to expect and they could not feel it! they were shocked in that 3 wks ago I had them come to the house to put her down...I say try cbd..it can't hurt,,,definitely get second opinion...I got another puppy to ease her loss, now I have three. maybe cbd can help your baby! It might flare up, I just am in shock in that I have cried every day for 6 weeks with anticipatory grief....keep trying!!!
Great to hear your girl is doing so well...........

Totally agree about getting a second opinion. If you are close to a Vet Med School, they can be a very good resource. They often have clinical trials for various diseases.
 
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