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Last week I took my 10 year old English cocker spaniel Tucker into the vet because his groomer felt like something was different and that day I noticed blood in his stool. When the vet examined him, she found a mass above the left gland and another further up just at the tip of her finger. They did a needle aspiration biopsy but went over the possible scenarios emphasizing that it most likely was an agressive cancer due to the second one.

Today they called and the pathology report confirmed the diagnosis. I have been doing research in the last week and it does not sound encouraging even with surgery. The vet explained that due to the location of the tumor, that the surgery is complicated with a 2-3 week recovery. She did not recommend surgery if there were signs of further metastasis, but it would seem as if that would be the case with the 2nd growth she felt.

I am so heartbroken. I live alone and he is my loving, constant companion-I cannot imagine our home without him. Right now, he appears normal—activity, play, appetite like nothing is wrong. I would love to hear from anyone who has been through this specific cancer with their fur baby. I do not know whether to pursue aggressive treatment or enjoy every minute we have and seek out palliative in home vet care, nutrition advice etc.

Thank you so much for helping out at this time. Sharon

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Dear Sharon, My heart breaks for you. Such a terrible diagnosis. My dog died of an aggressive form of cancer but it wasn't this particular kind. I chose to give him everything in the world to make him happy rather than put him through anything that might cause him more pain. When he showed me it was time, I allowed the vet to help him find peace and I stayed right there with him. The best I can tell you is that I have no regrets now because his life was always carefree and happy right up until the end. I hope this is helpful. I sympathize so very much with you my dear.
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I just wanted to add that Tucker is one handsome looking boy. Love the pictures of his precious face while he's holding his cute toy!! All the best and please write again when you can and let me know how you are doing. :)
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Thank you so much.  It seems as if not many people have had to deal with this cancer on the Forum.  I got a further diagnosis of Apocrine gland adenocarcinoma which is not good.  I have an appointment for a consultation with a specialist just so my questions can be answered.  The uncertainty of it all is what makes this so very hard.  Perhaps I will be able to find a path for both of us.  My last English Cocker died of lymphoma and I went through that--he was 13, so no heroics.  I have found out that there are vets that specialize in in-home care hospice and provide medications, nutrition, etc.  It would be nice to have someone beside me through this.
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I am so sorry you are going through this Sharon. I'm sorry I cannot offer you any advice as I have no experience with this type of illness. Your boy is in fact very handsome. It is so difficult to make these types of decisions, especially on your own. My heart goes out to you and your boy Tucker.
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So sorry about the diagnosis. Tucker looks like such a precious, beautiful boy. My heart aches for you. Also know that I feel your pain. Been through similar circumstances recently. So sorry...(((hugs)))
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Thank you Dawn and Marlen,

I have found out that this cancer, though rare, is common in English cockers, German Shepherds and Goldens. Especially in dogs over 8 years old. Just make sure that your vet does a rectal exam when you take your precious dogs in for their annual exam.

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i am so deeply sorry you received this diagnosis. my 12 yr old did not have this specific cancer, his was of the spleen and part of liver. I got the same news from my vet. they could do surgery, but it was aggressive and would come back in a few months elsewhere. It’s hard not knowing what to do. you are going through too many emotions to even think straight. you just want to save them. i opted against surgery. i trusted my vet. it sucked. i only had him 2 wks after, but he was showing signs. i cherished those two weeks. we did short outings daily to places he loved. my heart truly goes out to you. i lost two boys in two months. was the worst depression ever. hugs and prayers
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Thank you for sharing and I am sorry you had to go through this.  Yesterday brought some good news that was totally unexpected.  Tucker had 2 x-rays and the vets could not see any lymph node involvement at this juncture.  12 days until the oncology consultation.  I hope that there is a reasonable path moving forward.



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Oh that is wonderful news! 10 years is not to old for chemo if that’s a option they give you. The main thing is their is hope and I wish you and that beautiful boy much happiness🐾❣️,,,,,
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How is Tucker going ?
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We have spent the past 2 weeks in consults and testing. We met with a surgical oncologist who wants to go full bore on treatment—removing the original tumor, taking out the other anal gland as a precaution and then doing a major surgery to remove any lymph node involvement in the pelvis right under the spine. He agreed that there is no data to support chemotherapy against this cancer. So when I asked why he felt lymph nodes needed to be removed, he said that it would reduce the tumor load should further treatment be chosen. I already know that I would not do chemo on Tucker because he is 10 3/4 years old, has not been proven effective and it costs so very much that I can’t afford it $800 to $1000 per month.

I know I want the primary tumor removed so that it does not hurt, grow too large blocking his rectum and it is bleeding so that he spots.

I met with a holistic vet as I know I want to support him with alternative treatment. Dr. Ulbrich in Portland is well known. He had given Tucker CBD oil, numerous nutritional supplements to support his immune system and he is now on a cancer diet that I cook with vegetables and ground meats with additional vitamins and minerals added so that it is nutriously sound. He is now off all carbs and any sugars. He was on the Hill’s Science prescription CD for bladder stones—the ingredients always looked like junk food to me and prior to his stones, I had him on high quality food. Of course, he loves his new diet!!! He’s in the kitchen 30 minutes before meal time. I hope that appetite remains!

He had an ultrasound last week showing 1 lymph node enlarged which I was expecting as all research and the vets said that by the time it is found, it has usually spread. He has also had a large lab panel and I should have those results today. All of this in preparation for further treatment.

I now have to decide if I want my regular vet to remove this or pay the surgical oncologist 3xs as much to do the same surgery. I hate that I have no pet insurance and am so hampered by money worries.

Thank you so much for asking and I will keep you posted.

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