My 10 yr old male neutered shih tzu
was just diagnosed with epitheliotrophic lymphoma
today. The diagnosis came from a biopsied tumor that was removed from his lower gum. This 1 tumor is the ONLY indicator/symptom he has. There are No other skin or dermatology problems. My Vet is waiting on a more detailed report on the specifics of the tumor, and clear or not clear margins before we discuss options. I just lost his mother to cancer, in March. Her cancer began in one of her nipples. She lived for 6 yrs after initial diagnosis because I had the tumor removed twice. By the third reoccurrance of the cancer, she was 14 and it had spread throughout her body.
I, of course, have been online reading about this E.L. cancer, for the last 2 hrs. It appears this is far worse than the cancer I dealt with, with his mother?
All of the articles I have read say there is no cure. As a matter of fact, it appears very little is known about this type of cancer in dogs??Even with the different medications/applications that are being used for this cancer, longevity appears to be as short as 2 to 6 months from diagnosis.
I do know that I will not put this baby through chemo or radiation.... I am not that selfish, to put him through it.
Finally, my question to you... what suggestions do you have for making my baby as comfortable, and as long, as possible? If it were your baby, what would you do?
Thank you so much, for your informed/professional input.
Terri G. In Mi