bc friend Posted July 21, 2007 Report Share Posted July 21, 2007 It's a bad news/good news report. The 2 large tumors which were removed were a mix of hepatocellular carcinoma and benign adenoma. She has a number of tiny nodules remaining in her liver, some which were biopsied and are either the same carcinoma or benign or normal regenerative liver nodules. Chemo is not recommended; it is a harsh version which is very hard on older dogs w/o much benefit. The good news is that this type of cancer is slow growing and the medical prognosis is that she will probably not develop symptoms for 12-24 months. Once she develops symptoms, she could live a few days to a few months. Although she will likely develop more tumors of varying sizes in her liver, this cancer is unlikely to metastasize to her lungs or other organs. In the meantime, the only recommended treatment is supportive. She is on neutraceuticals (Denosyl) and milk thistle to support her liver function. She will have frequent vet checks to monitor the progress of the disease but for right now, she's great. She shows no sign of illness, and has recovered beautifully from the surgery. Her staples have been removed, she's eating very well, and is not happy that I won't let her run and jump (she's supposed to be kept "quiet" for 2 more weeks), she's alert and playful so hopefully she will have a long period of time like this. While I would have naturally preferred a totally benign diagnosis, realistically as she'll be 15 in @ 6 weeks, this is not a totally bad prognosis and I don't regret the surgery to extend her life. Thanks for the concern you have shown - I truly appreciate it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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