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dog: lymphosarcoma.i was told by my vet that there was no cure.Is

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my dog was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma.i was told by my vet that there was no cure.Is that correct.If there is a cure please let me know what I have to do.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
While there may be no cure there often is a treatment to help prolong life and comfort.
You can read about this disease and treatments here
http://www.petplace.com/articles/artShow.asp?artID=218
and
here has several links
http://personal.uncc.edu/jvanoate/k9/k9lympho.htm
There are specialists in treating canine cancers too and maybe your vet can refer you to one.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: You have not answered my question.Is there or is there not a cure?If not,please give me a list of treatments to make him more comfortable,and how long does he have left.thank you
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
I wish I could tell you how long he has left but I'm not sure anyone can do that.
Treatments include   
Chemotherapy (most common form of treatment)
Radiation therapy (for localized disease)
Surgery (for localized disease)

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine may be able to direct you to a cancer specialist in your state for in person help.
From one of the links I sent you (from the links page I went to http://www.haileybell.homestead.com/HaileysStory.html) here is one type of protocol
"After some hurried research, we opted for the VELCAP-S chemo protocol (the 'S' in VELCAP-S stands for 'short'). Our version was a 14 week program, whereas VELCAP-L (longer duration, different doses of chemo drugs) can be 37 weeks or longer. The VELCAP protocol includes: Vincristine (Oncovin), Elspar (L-Aspariginase), Cytoxan (Cyclophosphamide), Adriamycin (Doxorubicin) and Prednisone.
In addition to the chemotherapy, we started Hailey on numerous supplements, as well as Hill's Prescription Diet N/D. It is a cancer specific diet ("high fat, low carb, quality protein" preparation with some anti-cancer supplements already included) that follows the clinical findings of Colorado State University and the Morris Animal Foundation."
Cancer treatments tend to be *very* individual based on the cancer stage and the patient so that is why I suggest finding a specialist in veterinary cancer treatments to see.

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