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Hi. My name is***** Do you know how this cancer was diagnosed? Did they place a needle in it and make a slide of the cells to see what that showed? Do you know the specific cancer that was identified? I'll be very honest and say that a consultation with an oncologist in situations where cancer is diagnosed is always a good first step. It can help owners to get access to the very latest treatment options and prognosis with the various options. Honestly, these things are very dynamic with oncology as that field of veterinary medicine is always evolving as more protocols are tested and evaluated as to their results.
To give more specific of an answer as to how long do they live after a diagnosis, that is something that I can't do. Knowing the specific type is needed to give more of an estimate for this. I can fully understand not wanting to go through with radical surgery or radiation, but they can give possible options with oral chemotherapy agents and / or a local surgery to debulk the main tumor.
Getting that visit / consultation with the oncologist will give you all the options that you have. They aren't going to force anything on you. They just want you to know what options there are for your guy.
It will give you peace of mind to know that you've taken that step to be able to weigh and evaluate all the options for him. I'm hoping for the best!