bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

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bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby pitbullcrazy30 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:09 pm

about 3 weeks ago i noticed a bump on his front leg, i thought he hurt it outside.It just isnt getting better so i took him to the vet today and she said at could be a mast cell tumor so she wants to remove it and send it in to see what it is. Im so worried if it is cancer is ther any chance that if we caught it soon enough he may be ok? anyone have any good news about dogs that have had it removed never to come back again?

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bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby nsbullylover » Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:29 pm

I'm hoping for good results for you and Bruno!

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Postby HappyPuppy » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:21 pm

I had my freakout yesterday for Ruby who went in for bump removal on 2 nipples on the same side. I just KNEW it was going to be bad but in our case, with a little luck, both ended up being benign and it was random where they ended up. So, I am sending my extra good thoughts your way!!!! Try not to worry until you have something to worry about < and I know how hard that is!!

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Re: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby pitbullcrazy30 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:40 pm

thank you for your well wishes, im trying not to worry but its very hard, ill just be glad to find out what it is.The waiting is the worst part.

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Postby Madeleinemom » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:07 pm

No experience to add, but sending tons of good vibes to you and Bruno!

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Re: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby RescueAPBT » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:34 pm

Earlier this year, my dog had a MCT removed, then less than two weeks later, another popped up in a new location. So she had a second surgery. I think it's been about 6 weeks or so now...I'm not really keeping count. So far, no more new MCTs. That being said, a lot of dogs have them removed and never have any more show up. So if it does come back as a MCT, its important not to jump to the worst case scenario, but to still remain aware and examine your dog all over every few days or once a week. I know exactly how you're feeling... it's very easy to think the worst. Now that we've gone through it, and Isabeau is okay...I'm able to chill out and realize it's not the end of the world. So my thought and prayers are with you and Bruno. :hug:

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Re: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:50 pm

There are about a hundred or more threads on here about MCT. Most folks here have been through a MCT with one of their dogs or another.

Someone more tech-savvy will be able to post some links.

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bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby nsbullylover » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:45 pm

I think there's also a sticky about MCTs that you may find helpful.

Are MCTs common in dogs in general, or do they just seem to be common with pit bulls? It does seem like almost everyone here has dealt with it.

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Re: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby RescueAPBT » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:57 pm

nsbullylover wrote:I think there's also a sticky about MCTs that you may find helpful.

Are MCTs common in dogs in general, or do they just seem to be common with pit bulls? It does seem like almost everyone here has dealt with it.



They are common in bully breeds, Boxers, Boston Terriers, and Golden Retrievers, but can occur in any breed. After dealing with MCTs in Isabeau, I was curious to see whether MCTs are common in French Bulldogs, since that's what my other dog is. When I posted about it on a French Bulldog forum, nobody had any experience with it. I would have thought that since they're a bulldog breed, and related to a Boston Terrier, that maybe they might be likely to get them as well, but I guess not.

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Re: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby pitbullcrazy30 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:14 pm

thank you your posts really helped me relax a little. ill just pray its nothing bad and if it is ill deal with it like you all do!!

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Re: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby tiva » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:15 pm

We've had 2 MCTs removed from Tiva. My advice:
1. have the vet aspirate first, to check for mast cells.
2. Then if she finds mast cells, have her do a very aggressive tumor removal, with 2 to 3 cm margins all around. This is by far the best thing you can do for a MCT. You don't want to just remove the tumor itself. But vets often don't want to remove such wide margins unless they first know that it is a MCT.
3. And then absolutely get the tumor graded, if it was a MCT. Make sure the pathologist reports on the mitotic index as well as the grade, so you can make the best decisions about further treatment.
4. And if possible, work with a cancer specialist, if the tumor turns out to be a MCT.

And good luck! Don't panic, because most dogs have good survival after a MCT removal if the mitotic index is low. But do educate yourself as much as possible. This is a good article:
http://www.caninecancerawareness.org/ht ... tCell.html

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Re: bruno has to have a lump removed, im so worried.

Postby pitbullcrazy30 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:16 pm

well he got the lump taken off today, he did well and dont seem to be in pain. THE cut is pretty big but i knew they had to take a big cut in case its something bad to make sure they got it all. ILL just keep my fingers crossed till i find out the results later this week.


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