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11 Months on Palladia and Still Going

July 31, 2010

Hi everyone.  I thought I would give you an update on Rosie.   For the most part Rosie has been doing great. 

After the July 4th vomiting episode she had a great couple of weeks and then some vomiting after that.  However, it was not nearly as bad as on July 4th.  We stopped the Palladia for a few days and took her to the oncologist.  She was almost due for her regular 6-week check up so we just moved up her appointment a few days.

The oncologist was very happy with how Rosie was doing.  All her bloodwork, liver enzymes, and ultrasound came back normal.  The oncologist said she went over Rosie extremely thoroughly to try to find any lumps and saw none.  She was extremely pleased with the results.  So were we!  The oncologist did not want to adjust the dosage of Palladia for the couple of episodes of vomiting.  She wanted to continue on the current course and see how Rosie does.  Rosie has had 3 Palladia doses since that trip to the oncologist and there have been no problems so far.

In summary, after 11 months Rosie is still cancer free and doing great on Palladia with just a couple of bouts of vomiting, but so far not enough to change the dosage or take her off the Palladia.

That is the latest.  I’ll update you after the next 6 week visit to the oncologist which will be just after Rosie’s 1-year anniversary on Palladia


One Year Since MCT Diagnosis

June 16, 2010

It has now been one year since Rosie’s initial diagnosis of Mast Cell Tumor, grade II, and Rosie is doing great.  Last year it started as a small lump on her lower abdomen.  The owner of our doggie daycare pointed it out to us and recommended we take her to the vet.   I’ll always be grateful to her for that.

The vet did surgery to remove the lump and was confident he got all of it and we didn’t need to do anything other than keep an eye out for any more lumps. 

Two months later in August 2009, it came back with a vengeance.  Another lump on her surgery scar.  Test results came back as Grade II MCT with a Mitotic Index of 20.  That was bad news.  The mitotic index can be an indicator of lifespan.  The higher the number the shorter the life span.  We took her to an oncologist who said if we did nothing Rosie may only have 2 months to live.

That was 10 months ago and Rosie is alive and well and doing great.  In August 2009, about 1 month after our oncologist received the initial batch of new drug, Palladia, we started Rosie on it.  3 times per week, two 50 mg tablets per day.  The oncologist warned me they did not know a lot about this new drug, but we could try it.  I’m glad we did.  For 10 months it has worked for Rosie. 

Yesterday Rosie went for her regular 6 week check up.  Her ultrasound was normal.  Everything was clear.  All her bloodwork and tests were normal.  Our oncologist was thrilled about how well Rosie was doing.   She said usually a dog with a mitotic index of 20 in August 2009 would not be here today.

Our oncologist recommended that we continue the Palladia treatment.  She believes the Palladia is suppressing the “mutation” (I assume of cells turning into cancer) and that if we stopped the Palladia the cancer would return.

So we continue on and Rosie’s life goes on.  Thanks to our vet, oncologist, doggie daycare owner, and Palladia, Rosie is still with us.  She brings a lot of joy and love to our lives.  We are so grateful that she is still with us.  

Good luck to everyone whose furbaby is fighting this disease.  Our prayers are with you.  Remember, there are success stories like Rosie’s.  There is hope.

New Pictures of Rosie

November 24, 2009

Tell Me About Your Dog’s Experience With Palladia

October 28, 2009

By now you have likely read about Rosie’s positive experience with Palladia.   If not, please read the other posts first.  If you have read comments on my site or on the Dog Cancer Blog Site or other sites, you will see both positive and negative experiences with Palladia.  I thought it would be interesting to summarize others’ experiences.

If your dog is also being treated with Palladia, feel free to participate in this unscientific poll.  Only complete the survey IF your dog is either currently taking Palladia or has taken Palladia in the past.

This is a completely UNscientific, unauthorized, un-everything else poll.  Only the information of those who choose to participate is collected.   I am not associated with Pfizer.   These results are NOT representative of actual studies of Palladia.  

I’m just one dog owner who is curious about the experiences of other dog owners in my similar situation, and thought this would be the quickest method to summarize the information.


Week 6 Oncologist Follow-Up – “Normal As Normal Can Be”

September 29, 2009

YEAH!!!   HOORAY!!!!   WHOOHOO!!!!  No signs of Cancer!!!!  Yippee!!!     Go, Rosie, Go!!!!!  Yeah!!!!

OK.  Let me get ahold of myself.   I’d like to compare Rosie’s situation 6 weeks ago to today. 

Six weeks ago Rosie was diagnosed with:  “Mast cell tumor grade 2, right inguinal area removed x 2 (2 tumors) with documented metastasis to the right inguinal lymph node, mitotic index of 20 per 10 high-powered fields.”  My layman doggie mama interpretation of this is that she had 2 Mast Cell Tumors (lumps) in her lower abdomen which were removed, but the cancer spread into the nearby lymph node and surrounding tissue.  The high mitotic index might indicate an aggressive cancer.

Six weeks ago her 2-week old surgery incision on her lower abdomen was red, ulcerated, and not healing.  Today it appears to be healed.

Six weeks ago the ultrasound showed another lymph node in her chest was enlarged, but it was in a location where they could not aspirate or biopsy.  Today the ultrasound showed that all lymph nodes were normal.

Six weeks ago the ultrasound showed a tiny spot on her spleen.  Today the ultrasound showed everything normal.

Six weeks ago while at the oncologist, Rosie was acting as if she did not feel well.  Today Rosie appears to feel great.

Six weeks ago the oncologist thought that Rosie might only live another 2 or 3 months if we did nothing.  Today, who knows?  I didn’t ask that question.   There appear to be no signs of cancer today and I’m happy with that.

So, what was the difference between 6 weeks ago and today?  6 weeks of chemotherapy treatment with the newly FDA approved chemo drug for dogs called Palladia.

Needless to say, my family and I are ECSTATIC!  This is the best news we could receive. 

Now for the disclaimer.  Please realize that this is only one dog’s experience and not necessarily representative of all dogs experiences with this drug.  I am NOT a vet.  I have NO knowledge or expertise regarding this disease or treatment.  I’m just one dog’s mama trying to do the best I can for my dog; and I’m just sharing our one dog’s experience.  Hopefully, you will not be in this situation; but for those who are, I hope this will help you ask questions and further your dialogue with your dog’s oncologist.

Hello world! Let me introduce you to Rosie

August 25, 2009
This is my favorite picture of Rosie.

This is my favorite picture of Rosie.

This is the story of Rosie’s road to recovery from cancer.  Rosie is our friendly, furry, four-legged child…..our loving yellow labrador retriever, adopted in December 2008.    Rosie was diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor Cancer in June 2009, and this is the story of her journey with the newly released doggie chemo drug from Pfizer called Palladia.  Since Palladia was so new, I wanted to document Rosie’s progress on the drug and hopefully others will benefit from her experience.  We are very excited and thankful that this newly FDA approved canine cancer drug is available.  We are very thankful for Palladia’s success in sending Rosie’s cancer into remission.  To contact Rosie’s Mom, email