Dog who suffered brain tumour recovers despite being given just months to live

A dog who had a brain tumour has made a full recovery despite being given just months to live.

Honey, a Cavachon, surprised her owner and experts with the turnaround after having chemotherapy.

The life-threatening tumour shrank before disappearing completely.

She started developing epileptic seizures in May 2018 aged seven, and tests revealed she had lymphoma and a tumour.

The pooch's family was told she would survive 18 months at most.

Her owner Julie Tomkins, originally from Surrey, said: “To say we were devastated is an understatement.

“We were told the tumour could only be treated as palliative and that Honey’s life expectancy would not be any more than a year to 18 months.

“We were not expecting that news.”

She started monthly treatment at Linnaeus animal hospital North Downs Specialist Referrals near Bletchingley, Surrey.

By December 2018, the tumour had had shrunk by 80%.

Within 12 months, the tumour had resolved – with scar tissue left behind.

The pooch, who has since moved to Bermuda with her family, will finally finish receiving chemotherapy at the end of this year.

Julie said staff who treated her at the hospital were “speechless” at the results.

She added: “We all think Honey’s response has been incredible.

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“None of us could believe the news that the tumour had gone.

“Honey is now 10-years-old and loving her new life here in Bermuda, walking on the pink beaches and sometimes dipping her paws in the warm sea.”

Gerry Polton, an oncology specialist and clinical director at the hospital, said: “Honey tolerated the medicine very well.

“She didn’t have any more fits but we couldn’t be certain whether this was due to the chemotherapy working or due to the anti-seizure medication she had also started.

“The only way we could tell the treatment was working was to repeat the MRI scan.

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“This was done in December 2018 and, incredibly, the tumour had shrunk by around 80%.

“Honey continued her treatment with a gradually increasing interval between doses and was scanned again in December 2019.”

He added: “Again, the results were remarkable. The tumour had resolved – all that remained was a thin crescent of scar tissue.

“Honey will finally finish receiving chemotherapy at the end of this year and it is amazing to see her looking so well more than two years after her initial presentation.”

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