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Old 11-10-2009, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, I have been searching all over about Lymphoma Cancer in Boxers. I found out about a month ago my baby has cancer. I have had her since she was 4mos old and she is now 5 years old. I first noticed swelling around the hindlegs lympnoids didnt think much about it, but I did keep my eye on it. Then 3mos later I noticed they were getting bigger so then I took her to the vet and they aspriated her leg and it showed no sign of cancer. However, being that I have been thru this before with another breed I went ahead and had a biopsy done, and it came back positive for Lymphoma cancer.

I couldn't and didn't want to believe this, but by the time I found out the results her lympnoids in her throat grew very large almost like 4 med size chicken eggs in her throat pushing against her windpipe making it hard to breath and to eat. She was miserable, and I felt so helpless, however after finding out it was cancer, my vet gave her predinsone and told me what my options were. So I opt for chemo, she is still young and has a long happy life ahead of her, and I am not going to let cancer take her with out a good fight while she isnt in any pain. I will cross that bridge if we get there. Anyways, she has now undergone 5 chemo treatments and came thru all of them with flying colors. The Vet told me today that she is just about in remission, I cant tell you how happy that made me feel.

So if anyone else is going thru this, I know how you feel and would love to chat.. We go every Tuesday to chemo sometimes we skip a week when she has the stronger chemo. All in all she has been a rock thru it all and has gained weight instead of loosing

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Old 11-10-2009, 08:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Best wishes and lots of get-well hugs to your girl!
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well welcome to the site....I think it's inspiring for you to come on here as a new member to share your story and offer your kindness and experience in this matter.. I know this summer...I thought my dog had cancer...had to wait for the results to come in...the longest week of my life....I was a wreck...it's nice to know someone else who's been through this....thank god it wasn't cancer....but your story gives me hope, us all hope if that dreadful day ever comes our way...God bless
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Wow, what a story. Such proof that there areadvances in modern medicine that allow us to beat cancer not only in humans but in dogs as well. I am so happy for your girl at such a young age, I hope she has many and many more years of enjoying herself as any boxer should.

Not sure if you are on facebook but there is a National Canine Cancer Foundation - I am in the process of working with a friend to establish a chaper in our area soon....Here is the link!!!

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Aww! Is that her in your avatar? She looks so pretty. Here are some get well vibes for you and your baby! [-O< [-O< Welcome from Tyson, Tank, and Bedros in MI! ><
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Welcome to the forum, and thank you for sharing such an inspiring story!! We rarely get to hear of the successes against cancer which takes so many of our dogs. Again welcome, and we look forward to hearing more about your beautiful girl, and especially pictures!
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Thanks everyone, so nice to hear from you. We have been undergoing chemo now for 2mos. I wanted to let everyone know Selma is doing really good. She was 52lbs when we started and now is up to a chubby 70lbs. lol She looks so much healthier and is like a new dog. She is running, barking, and playing like when she was 5 mos. it's amazing. All I can say is I now love being waken up by her snorring, and seeing her slobbery chops licking me in the morning to let me know it's time to get up and go potty.



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Hello, thought I would keep this thread going incase someone else can be helped with the things we are going thru.
Selma is doing good, we had been getting chemo. every tuesday, but the week before Christmas her numbers went down a little, so we opt to skip chemo. We noticed that her thyroid glands were starting to grow a little in her throat and on the back of her hind legs. The vet had then started her on 120mg of pred. a day for a week, to intervene the lumps as quick as we could. It did help alot the lumps went down with in 4 days. So when we went back to the vet last tuesday, the vet said that he thought we needed to do the doxorrubicin which is the harshest of the chemo she is on. So again I was faced with do I do it or not. Knowing that it may kill her as quick as 30mins. after and up to 5 days it can have the same out come. However if I didn't give her this chance she wouldn't be here much longer. Her numbers were all good, the ekg was good she only had 1 irregular heart beat, which is the same when we first did this. So since she has been doing so good, I went and had her to undergo this med. I went back to pick her up and she was ready to go. She was running around and licking me and doing that boxer wiggle they do when they are happy. So she's doing wonderful, and happy. (I should add she has not shown any signs of any kind of pain since we found out she has been sick)
Since we got about 20 inches of snow on the ground and she loves running in it. We went today and bought her a new pair of snow boots and another coat so that she can stay warm while she plays in the snow, without getting sick. Even though we only stays out for about 5mins max at a time. lol I will have to take a picture of her when she is all bundled up and looks like a little ole lady..

Well, thats it for now hope all is well with every one
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good for you for not giving up on your baby while you know she isnt in pain. Cancer treatments cost alot of money and some people wouldnt bother.... but its a blessing that you did. I wish you well with your boxer love and I hope that all goes well. Please keep us updated on her progress!! and welcome to the forum!
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You had me worried there for a bit...thank goodness all is ok....your posts are inspiring....
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