by Bevsb on 07 August 2019 - 17:08
A year ago I posted about a friend's dog diagnosed with Subcutaneous Hemangiosarcoma. The dog tolerated chemotherapy well and was free of metastasis, but recently developed cardiomyopathy and heart failure secondary to the chemo. Sadly she passed away today.
by Nans gsd on 07 August 2019 - 19:08
by Centurian on 08 August 2019 - 14:08
However I seer a big lesson here : This is why I keep my eyes wide open with Vets in general especially young vets. Why even suggest putting the dog through chemo to begin with ... hemangiosarcoma , is quite an aggresssive illness ... The Vet did no favors to the owner and should have known better , IMOp ..
by TIG on 08 August 2019 - 22:08
Oh Bev so sorry to hear this. As tough as it was thanks for the info as it helps our understanding of this #%@ disease. Please tell your friend our hearts ache for her esp those of us who have dealt with hemangio.
Centurion normally I would agree but if I remember correctly this was a young dog - much younger than normally seen w hemangio. Bev came here seeking info for her friend to help her make informed decisions and a number of us shared our knowledge and experiences.
BUT this was subcutaneous hemangio not the splenic or heart most of us have seen. There was some suggestion in the literature that there were better odds with it but unfortunately radiation & chemo are sometimes just too destructive on their own.
Bev may we know the little one's call name or nickname?
by astrovan2487 on 09 August 2019 - 00:08
by Bevsb on 09 August 2019 - 02:08
Thank you everyone for your nice comments. Tig, her name was Keona and she was only 2 years old when this was diagnosed. My friend is heartbroken and was on her way to work when this happened. A friend of hers had Keona in a park when she collapsed. Coincidentally this friend was talking to 2 EMTs when this happened and they did CPR on the way to the Veterinarian but she did not survive. She tolerated chemotherapy well and had no evidence of metastasis on her follow-up visits and testing. Unfortunately cardiomyopathy is a possible complication of chemotherapy and she died from heart failure, not Hemangiosarcoma. My friend's Veterinarian and Oncologist were always honest with her regarding prognosis and never pushed chemotherapy. She would send me all the reports from her visits. Keona initially had a small lesion on her leg diagnosed as Subcutaneous Hemangiosarcoma. It was removed with clean margins, had a low mitotic index and no evidence of spread to her heart or abdominal organs. The Cardiologist she saw also considered the possibility of the cardiomyopathy being secondary to being on a grain free diet, but thought this was unlikely because all of her prior echocardiograms done as part of her follow-up had been normal.
by TIG on 09 August 2019 - 03:08
by Hundmutter on 09 August 2019 - 07:08