I know this post was a while ago, but I ran across it when I was searching osteocarcinoma. My dear Molly was diagnosed today and it has already started to spread to her chest. I am completely devastated. Just like Kodi, she started limping and I took her to our Vet and they did x-rays. She has a pretty good sized tumor in her upper left shoulder. She's almost eleven and at first the Vet just thought it was Arthritis and was very impressed at how stoic she was during the pressure tests he had done in the exam room to rule out a fracture. She never let on to the pain, which is why he was so surprised when he viewed the films and saw the tumor. He said he never expected to see that. But, that is just a tribute to how wonderful she is. She probably just didn't want me to worry.
Can you tell me, how were you treating Kodi? Were you giving her meds for pain management? Had her cancer spread like Molly's has? I am at such a loss right now and any information from someone who has experienced this would help.
oh, kadox, i am so sorry for molly and you. please give her a sweet hug for me.
i would like to offer what i have learned about kodi and share it with you. the first thing is to please take molly to the closest university vet school. while there ae wonderful local vets who have seen osteocarcinoma in dogs, a vet school is staffed with ocologists who specialize in just this sort of disease. you will likely spend $600-900 on her first visit, mostly for the biopsy, x-ray and blood work, after which you will be given a choice on how to procede.
if the vet thinks the tumor can be excised you might be lucky and remove the growth before it metasizes and spreads out from the leg. if not you will be able to use radiation therapy using small doses of raditiation to slow further growth and if lucky arrest any more damage to the leg. there are also drugs, that actually act to fortify the bone by binding up the calcium and an actual side affect is that it can kill off the cancer cells.
i started the radiation within days of kodi's diagonsis and it took about 5 weeks in total going every 7-10 days for it. with a cost of about $300 per visit after that the vet might give her a sedative after the radiation therapy and molly will likely be lethargic for a few days. to ease molly's pain the vet could prescribe "Lortab," a mix of tylenol and morphine derivative that will work effectively.
if you can do it, build a ramp over your steps to allow molly an even way to ascend the stairs because raising her leg to step up will cause her pain. you can also get a car ramp from a pet store and let her walk up the ramp to your car. anything you can do to make it eaier for her to walk can be done.
the radiation is about the best one can do for molly and it will generally not cure her but it will ease her pain and prolong her life by about 5-6 months.
molly will be given x-rays during each visit to see if the cancer is slowing or god hopefully stopped.
the one thing i want to mention again is that if you want molly to improve do not rely on your local vet please go to a vet school.
at 11 molly might be too old for amputation and the vet will likely advise against it unless molly is a small dog.
take care of yourself and molly, PM me if you want to talk further.