Maggie Update – March

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It’s been a few months since I updated Maggie’s status relative to her osteosarcoma. It’s been almost eight months since her initial diagnosis and we’re happy to report she is going strong (knock on wood).
 
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She completed her chemotherapy treatments for the osteosarcoma after her Stereotactic Radiation, although she continues to get monthly ‘bone strengthener’ treatments. Her limp, which comes and goes, has been gone for several weeks and we have weaned her down to a very low dose of painkillers.
 
The most significant development has been the appearance of what her Doctor believes to be small tumors in her lungs. While distressing, this isn’t surprising as osteosarcoma is usually diagnosed after the cancer has already begun to spread to other organs. This is the first appearance we’ve seen of metastasis for Maggie. They are small tumors we’ve been watching for two months now and they don’t seem to be growing significantly.

 
We just put her on a different chemotherapy treatment, Cytoxan (Cyclophosphamide), designed to slow the growth of these tumors. The drug binds to the DNA and interferes with normal cell growth – thereby slowing the cancer spread. Since Cytoxan has been known to increase bladder inflammation, Maggie is also taking Lasix, a diuretic in an effort to speed the elimination of the Cytoxan from her body. It’s just two simple pills she takes each morning.
 
She has only been on it for a few days now, but so far she has not displayed any adverse symptoms. We’re watching for any changes, but she is still living large. She goes for her morning walks everyday, wanders her backyard looking for whatever it is dogs look for, digs under the deck for a cool place to sleep and insists on her “find the food’ game each evening and most of all, she loves lounging in the sunshine, especially now that it is warming up.
 
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We joke that either she really doesn’t have cancer, or contrary to medical convention, the chemotherapy is actually making her stronger. I don’t think either are really true, but we’re sure happy that she is doing so well and hope that it continues for many months to come.

 

Additional Readings:

Urinary Problems And Cyclophosphamide
Cyclophosphamide for Dogs
 

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25 Comments

  1. I am so happy to read this report. The fact that those lung spots aren’t growing appreciably is really encouraging. Go, Maggie, Go! Keep living large and joyfully, like you are now!!!
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  2. Good to hear. I’ve been thinking of her.

  3. Wooftastic news!
    Maggie sounds pawfectly dogtastic.
    Stay strong Maggie!
    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia
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  4. We’re so happy to hear she is still doing so well. I’m sure there are days where things aren’t so rosy, but if she is doing well most of the time that is wonderful. We hope she continues to do well for a long time. Sweet Maggie!
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  5. This is wonderful news!! I am so glad that Maggie is doing so well! Prayers that her meds and “bone strengthening treatments” continue to do their job without adverse effects!!
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  6. So happy to hear she is doing well. πŸ™‚ We’ve been thinking about her……

  7. This is truly wonderful news. She is always in my prayers. β™₯
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  8. So happy to hear Maggie is doing better! Praying she will continue to get better and stronger!

  9. Oh, I’m so happy to hear that she’s doing well! That’s really great. (We used Cytoxan w/ our angel Abby, as well. She seemed to tolerate it fine.) Hope you’ll have a lot more time with her, and she’ll have many more days of soaking up the sun!

  10. I am glad to read she is still enjoying life.
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  11. I am so happy to hear this about sweet Maggie. She is loved and well cared for and that is the best medicine in the world!!
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  12. I’m so glad to hear how well Maggie’s doing and how she hasn’t had any serious side effects from her treatments so far. She’s such a strong girl with an amazing spirit. Give her a big hug from all of us tonight. πŸ™‚
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  13. Maggie you make me smile, I’m so glad your doing well.
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  14. Thank you for the update-good news. Yay! Love seeing a photo of her lounging in the sunshine. That definitely made me smile.

  15. We are so happy to hear about how well Maggie is doing! She looks very happy and relaxed!
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  16. I am so glad that Maggie’s pain is so low these days. I too felt that that the Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) along with monthly Pamindronate “bone stengthener” IVs kept my dog’s leg bone safe as it never fractured and his pain was controlled. Progressive X-Rays showed no internal bone tumor activity. He did have site soft tissue issues which may be unusual and his leg was sent to Colorado State University’s SRS/SRT research program “for Science!”.

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