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BoxerMad
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Not sure what we should do?:confused:

When i picked Henry up last night and the specialist mentioned chemotherapy i was all for it, but now after having a bit of time to think about it i am not too sure.

When i asked what difference it could make to him she told me "it would be a matter of months". Although she explained that side effects are usually quite mild for dogs, I am just not sure it would be worth putting him through the treatment just to extend his life for such a short period. He is still very well in himself, apart from his weight loss, he is the exact same old Henry, just sleeps a little more often! If he reacted badly from the chemotherapy, we could be reducing the quality of life he currently has.

The first round of chemotherapy may possibly not give us an accurate picture as to how his body is dealing with the treatment as dosages have to be adjusted based on the dog, therefore it's not like we can just do the one round and then change our minds if he reacts badly, as the next session may be a lot better, but then it may not and all of this would be taking up some of the precious time we have left with him.

Yesterday the specialist also mentioned that his white blood cell count is also quite low which means he is more open to infection, chemotherapy does kill off some of the white blood cells along with some of the cancerous cells, the white blood cells should then regenerate, however this is all leaving him even more open to infection......is it worth the risk?

I have discussed this all with several people today and most seem to sway towards forgetting the chemotherapy and ensuring that he is pain free and just being there for him to make the most of the time we have available.

I have got an appointment at the Royal Veterinary College for next Tuesday, Brendan and i will both be going and i want to be able to discuss it all with them in more detail to get all the facts before we make our final decision. I need to write down all the questions i have and hope i can get through them all without blubbering throughout!!!

Any views would be much appreciated.




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Well hopefully we wont have to make this decision as soon as we thought - His specialist is now suggesting removing his damaged kidney - they have done more research last night and today and it appears that by removing his damaged kidney it could extend his life considerably - Possibly even give him another two years!!!

Even though the cancer has already spread, his body would not be struggling to cope with the tumour in the damaged kidney and he could hopefully have an oral version of chemotherapy (pills which we give him at home) to slow down the remainder of the cancer.
Although there is still no hope for cure, the oral chemotherapy could even potentially be stopped after a few months and the cancer monitored until it started growing again and then he would have to go back on the medication.

All of this is going to take us well over the limit of 4000 on our insurance, but Henry is more than worth it and if we can have him with us for this extended period of time then no amount is too much - soooooooo happy with this news tonight - the future is looking so much brighter now.



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Aw Caroline that is good news, so pleased his prognosis seems so much more positive, keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers :love:



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Caroline as I said in the other thread I am pleased there is some better news. I know you and Brendan will choose the right option for Henry and you. My friends cocker had leukeamia and had chemo. She had a poor prognosis but is still here a year on and she didn't struggle too much with the treatment.
Thinking of you all.



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Thank goodness for some better news!Keeping you all in my continued thoughts and prayers!

  
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