Nasal Cancer(Osteosarcoma) Golden Retriever 13Years Old Tsuru ♂

Hi Everyone,
My name is Amy my beloved furry friend, my one and only love Tsuru, please allow me to tell our story.
Thank you ^_^Scenario: Lets flash back to 2005
I was wondering aimlessly through Kahala pet land during the puppy swampy meet on Sundays, where I met an owner who was selling golden ret pup. She carried in her arms the cutest puppy I’ve ever seen, he was sleepy and so mellow it melted my heart.  I ended up followed this pet owner around and finally I got the courage to ask her how much he was and if I could possibly buy him. As fate would have it I did buy him.Thus, started my story with Tsuru, his various personalities, his nipping and shredding, his moments of adorable cuteness, his vindictive puppy hood and how our lives intertwined. I never knew how cruel the goddess of fate was..unfortunately I would find out and I would understand my desire/desperation to punch her back to kingdom come.Scenario: Fast word 2015
One day…Tsuru began bleeding a lot of blood from his nose so I immediately took him too Verc but they didn’t have a clear answer to what was causing it so I agreed to run a biopsy.The first was anesthesia and biopsy on his nose but the results were lost and they had to conduct another one. Ultimately, the results showed that it was nasal cancer and my options were limited. I was devastated but I knew I had to do something for a dog who still loved life so much. So.. I opted for radiation which included a trip to Colorado as well as other adversities along the way. During this time there were many Verc visits due to his often nose bleed since I couldn’t contain them.

The process began the letter from Verc and my normal vet to get the appointment at Colorado for the radiation; the rabies vaccinations; the approvals for getting Tsuru on board the flight; the approvals from Animal quarantine; and finally, to appease my fear I also hired a vet tech to fly with us just in case something happened on the flight. I’m very grateful for everyone in this process, they were so helpful and supportive I could never thank them enough.

During other research for other options to help Tsuru, I came across the mention of Dr. Yoza through various family members and sought his help. I was fortunate Dr. Yoza was able to schedule me in a week before we flew out to Colorado. The comfort, trust and sincerity that Dr. Yoza gave to me and Tsuru eased my fears of what was to come next.

Upon arrival to Colorado we found out how intrusive the cancer was… it had gone from an obtrusive growth in his nose to spreading to middle bone of the nose and starting to intrude into the brain plate. The treatment process at Colorado was simple three days straight intense and precise radiation treatment coming close enough to the brain.
Every day I would catch the tram at 5 am to make sure I could visit him at Colorado before his treatments and same after his treatments. I’m glad to say it was successful and also, we became a part of a study group for this type of cancer at Colorado. Even with that.. they said his life expectancy was 9 months and the probability of him needing another dose of radiation treatment was expected. Per CSU we were also told that we were apart of a study group for this type of cancer and we would be welcomed back in case of a reoccurrence.

I hate to say this but I purposely lost the diagnose paper that CSU gave me because I wanted to believe there was hope, but if you look on the NATIONAL CANINE CANCER FOUNDATION

Prognosis for patients with OSA depends on several factors. The average survival in dogs with osteosarcoma treated with surgery and chemotherapy is approximately 1 year. For patients below 7 years of age with large tumor located in the proximal humerus, the prognosis is very poor. Recently, a median survival time of 7 months was reported for dogs receiving radiation therapy along with chemotherapy; whereas a combination of surgery and chemotherapy showed more encouraging median survival rates of 235-366 days with up to 28% surviving two years after diagnosis. Dogs between 7 and 10 years of age have greater survival rates than younger and older dogs. In axial osterosarcoma, the medial survival rate is 4-5 months because of the reoccurance of the disease and complete surgery is not possible because of the location.

Coming back to Hawaii I continued his treatments with Dr. Yoza as well as Dr. Chi’s recommendations of herbs for Tsuru and Dr. Wendy Asato’s (Makai Vet) food recommendations.  Every week for the past 2 years I’ve seen Dr. Yoza….

So being curious and if we’ve beaten the odds I asked the question to CSU since Tsuru was a part of a study group based on the type of cancer, the type of treatment and based on others who have had the same treatment.  . this the response please keep in mind these residentials that rotate through the CSU program and not many have been with the program long

Thank you for the information Annie!