Hello!  I have been searching the internet for advice and information and it has been so hard to find. I am happy I found this forum and welcome any words of advice or similar experience etc.   I took my 11 year old Border Collie in for an Ultra Sound yesterday to see if she had bladder stones. She has had recurrent bladder infections lately. Turned out her bladder was fine but they came across a small tumor in her intestine and 2 small nodules in her liver.. ugg.  This dog is like my child. I am devastated and so worried and just wish I could have a better understanding of all of this. 

The radiologist (big vet hospital well known)  said she was pretty sure it was a Andocarcinoma or Lymphoma but most likely Andocarcinoma. I asked a few times but she wasn't really allowing any hope at all that it was benign.  She feels the 2 small nodules in her liver are benign hyperplasia which is common in older dogs.  Her lymph nodes looked fine and she said all in all her intestines etc looked good. There was just the area around this small (1 cm) andocarcinoma and the rest looked clear. She feels we caught this very early as a she is not ill and we would have never found this without looking for something else. She seems to think we have a very good chance of cutting this out and removing all of the cancer.  Next step is to have chest X-rays this week.  My vet also didn't give me to many answers on what to do. It is like pulling teeth to get their real opinions.  There is the option of fine needle aspirates first or just surgery.  My vet said the only concern with the biopsy is it could come back inconclusive and it could miss the cancer because the tumor is so small. I finally got her to say if it were her dog she would just go to surgery.  My concern is if it s lymphoma it wouldn't be surgery it would be chemo.. so if we go in and cut this out and find out it is Lymphoma we put her through this awful surgery and should have gone another route.   I asked the specialist about the surgery and she said it was simple (well cant be that simple) but she said it is usually not a horrible surgery they just in take it out and it is over. Both vets said recovery is fairly quick and 95% approx. do well without complication.  They do not seem overly concerned about her being 11 because she is healthy right now.  

I would just like to hear others experience with similar situations and hopefully some positive information. It seems like everything I read online about this just says no hope.. maybe live a year with surgery.. and then the few pages that say it could be cured with surgery.  Trying to get a cost on the surgery has been like pulling teeth as well. My vet wouldn't do the surgery at their hospital she would refer me back to the big hospital with the specialist.  It is going to be so hard to pull this off financially so I am praying surgery cost comes in under 4k. I just have no idea on how much something like this costs. I tried finding details online and it shows me numbers all the way from 1k to 10k.   

I am also worried about taking a week or two to think over options and biopsy possibly and do the right thing because I am afraid it will rapidly grow and spread. Again so hard to get the vets opinions on any of this. They are so afraid to give a real opinion or advice.  

Shelly Brown
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Hi Shelly,

I’m sorry, I don’t have experience with this type of cancer. My dog had mast cell tumors. But, I just wanted to say I’m sorry you’re going through this. I know what it’s like to be desperately, and quickly, searching for an answer or information that can help. Cancer is a rough thing, and it seems very much to be an individual thing for what the outcome is.

My only advice is to look at your options and to choose the one you can most live with the outcome of, no matter which way it goes. Sometimes there is just no way of knowing beforehand what the best decision would be, and you have to go with your gut. But whatever you choose, I recommend choosing the one that you will have the least regrets with if it does happen to end badly. Most want to feel that they did everything they could have within their means, and that’s all you can do.

I know it’s frustrating with the vets. I’ve been there too, but honestly, sometimes they just don’t know either.

It’s a difficult time. Hang in there, give your dog lots of love from us. I hope for the best of outcomes for you both.
—Loving Riley, Rosy & Axl always 🐾

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Hello Shelly, My dog had cancer but it was also a different kind. My strong advice however would be to seek another opinion. I'm not understanding why your vet can't give you an estimate of how much the surgery will cost. When Sampson was so ill the vet gave me a complete breakdown package of what it would cost to have him operated on. I would look for a vet who doesn't refer to this same specialist. It will be another cost but a consult shouldn't be too much if you take your test result that you already have to the consultation. I would flat out ask what they recommend and if they would give you a breakdown of the cost for surgery if they think it is the best choice. Very best of luck my dear and please post again with an update,
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My corgi had a large cancerous tumor on his spleen and was given only a month to live. We had the surgery to remove the tumor and after it was sent out for testing they came back saying they needed to do further testing to narrow down exactly what kind of cancer it was and what route to proceed with (radiation or chemo) since I had bought some time with the surgery (his surgery was absolutely necessary because the tumor was so large it squished his intestines acting as a blockage preventing him from eating and causing him to vomit) I wasn't sleeping for about a month and all I would do every waking moment was research and make phone calls and what I decidee to do was take a natural route. A LOT can be done with a change of diet, he know sees a holistic veterinarian for acupuncture and chinese herbs and I am also using some other natural items that have woked wonders! Some things I use include trans Resveratrol, Vitamin E, oil of oregano capsules and Chlorella. They need to be high quality. In also home cook all of his meals from fresh organic ingredients, which can be expensive but I was looking at $5,000 per treatment for chemo so I feel like I am saving money. Cupid is happy and healthy ( as far as I can tell) he runs and plays like a puppy again, his appetite came back and he has more energy then he did as a puppy. You can follow his journey on Instagram under Cupid_the_corgi for recipes and tips. I just started it as a way to share the information because its working for us! I am looking to start a real blog soon with even more information! The vets can a lot of times be wrong, my dog is a fighter, they didnt take that into consederstion. In the end you have to do what you feel in your heart is best for you and your dog! Good luck in whatever choice you make. -Jacqui
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