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I am so sorry to hear you received this news. However, lymphoma is one of our few types of cancer that does respond reasonably well to chemotherapy (as directed by an oncologist) with a good chance for remission. The heart murmur is something we see as a common age-related change and is not a deterrent to treatment. There may be some drugs we would not choose to use because of this. I am sure the oncologist would have her heart further evaluated (either with the cardiologist or at least to have an echocardiogram) to know if she really is in need of the medications that were prescribed. If she is otherwise reasonably healthy, eating and happy as most dogs with lymphoma are in the beginning, then I highly advocate take that referral to the oncologist and go chat.
There is no holistic treatment that will work to treat this. Holistics, though, are useful to maintain gastrointestinal health and maybe manage some of the syndromes that accompany the cancer. They could make her feel better and are a great addition to standard care. Her best bet would be chemotherapy. There are so many different chemo protocols for this type of cancer that I could not guess on side effects or outlook. This is why the oncologist must be involved. Costs can be moderate when we are talking chemo. Sometimes radiation therapy may be advocated for this cancer as well, and that will add additional cost. But for the exact statistics on outlook with treatment, it depends on the protocol the oncologist desires to use and an evaluation of what stage of disease she is in.
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