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Please help Loki!
My dog / my best friend Loki, was diagnosed with cancer just recently. He's just about to turn 3 years old on November 20th. We brought him into the vet yesterday for what we thought was a torn ACL in his right leg, only to find out in the X-rays that what he really had was a bone tumor (osteosarcoma).
I took him in again today July 31st, to have more X-rays done to see how bad it was.
Luckily it hasn't shown any signs of it spreading anywhere, it's located only on his leg. The doctor told us we would need to amputate his leg as soon as posible to prevent it from spreading. We would also need to give him several rounds of chemotherapy.
I have already spent $1,000, which I don't have, on the X-rays and bloodwork alone. The amputation will cost about $2,200 and the treatments of chemotherapy from what I've looked up will be around $600 each.
Loki is a wonderful dog and I'll do anything to make sure he's okay. Unfortunately due to our financial situation, after the amputation, I won't be able to do anything else.
What can you do to help Loki?
Please, if you can spare anything at all, it would be greatly appreciated, even $1.00 is something that would help us out immensely. Even if you could just spare a few minutes of your time to send this link to someone else or post it somewhere, that would be amazing!
Thank you in advanced for anything you can spare! If you can't, don't worry about it, we've all been in a situation before when we wanted to help someone, but we couldn't, and I understand that.
Osteosarcoma (Cancer Awareness: Please read!)
Osteosarcoma is a cancerous (malignant) bone tumor that usually develops during the period of rapid growth that occurs in adolescence, as a teenager matures into an adult.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Osteosarcoma is the most common cancerous (malignant) bone tumor in kids. The average age at diagnosis is 15. Boys and girls are just as likely to get this tumor until the late teen years, when it is more often seenin boys. Osteosarcoma is also more commonly seen in people over age 60.
The cause is not known. In some cases, osteosarcoma runs in families. At least one gene has been linked to an increased risk. This gene is also associated with familial retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye that occurs in children.
Osteosarcoma tends to occur in the bones of the:
Shin (near the knee)
Thigh (near the knee)
Upper arm (near the shoulder)
This cancer occurs most commonly in larger bones and in the area of bone with the fastest growth rate. Osteosarcoma can occur in any bone, however.
Bone fracture (may occur after what seems like a routine movement)
Limitation of motion
Limping (if the tumor is in the leg)
Pain when lifting (if the tumor is in the arm)
Tenderness, swelling, or redness at the site of the tumor
Signs and tests
Treatment usually starts after a biopsy of the tumor is done.
Before major surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy is usually given. This can shrink the tumor and it makes surgery easier. It also may kill any cancer cells that have spread to other parts of the body.
Chemotherapy medicines include:
Surgery is used after chemotherapy to remove any remaining tumor. In most cases, surgery can remove the tumor while saving the affected limb (this is called limb-salvage surgery). Rarely, more radical surgery (such as amputation) may be necessary.
If the tumor has not spread to the lungs (pulmonary metastasis), long-term survival rates are better. If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the outlook is worse. However, there is still a chance of cure with effective treatment.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have persistent bone pain, tenderness, or swelling.
- Lerner A, Antman KH. Primary and metastatic malignant bone lesions. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 208.
- National Cancer Institute. Osteosarcoma and malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone treatment PDQ. Updated October 12, 2011.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: Bone Cancer. Version 2.2011.