lsnow
My sweet Izzy was just diagnosed with papillary squamous cell carcinoma under her right eye and I’m absolutely heart broken. It can be operated on but would take her eye and jaw on the right side. She’s a 6 pound poodle terrier mix and age 4 (we think...we adopted her so she may be older). I’m struggling with the decision to operate or let her enjoy her life without enduring a very hard and extensive surgery that could have a whole host of complications and if they don’t get all of it, it may not heal her. Vet said she’d have 6 months to a year if we don’t do anything. Please help! Anyone had any experience with this or had a dog that had this surgery done?
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CK1991
I’d suggest having another discussion with your vet. It would help to down questions before the appointments.

1. What will her qualify of life be like without the surgery?
2. What will her quality of life be like if the surgery is successful? Dogs are very adaptable to change and she may be able to live just fine with one eye and part of her jaw missing.
3. Will she also need chemo therapy? That could present a real hardship.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck and please keep posting.
CK
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lsnow
Thanks so much , I appreciate your response!
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CK1991
You are very welcome! Good luck and please post an update.
BTW: I’m so sorry for this diagnosis. It’s so hard seeing anything wrong with our beloved pets.
Hugs to you!
CK
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Kassyz
Hi. I just said goodbye to my 13yr old sweet little boy cat, Cody...2 hours ago. He had an oral squamos cell carcinoma. It's an aggressive cancer. I work in the field and still struggled with what I wanted to do. I chose no surgery. But I felt uneasy with the statistics and if more jaw needed to be removed then it would involve a feeding tube. Cats don't do as well as dogs. He survived less than a year after diagnosis. I would talk to your Doctor again and do some research. Second opinions aren't wrong either if you need another input. I will pray for you and know that you are not alone. ♥️
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Leo_Mommy
Kassyz,
I’m so sorry for your loss of your little boy, Cody. That evil cancer, oral SCC, took my sweet little boy, Leo’s, life as well 8 days ago today. He fought to hold on for mommy and lived 8 months after initial symptoms began while enduring several surgeries and having a feeding tube. He was the best little guy in the world, as I know you feel about Cody, and I am physically sick with grief. Hopes of getting to see Leo again one day are thoughts that help me to barely function, at least, as my daughter comforts me the best way she can. Cody and Leo are in peace with no more pain, and we are the ones suffering now from heartbreak. One day, we will all be reunited again. Try to keep the faith.
Soulmatesfurever14
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