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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby tiva » Fri Oct 30, 2009 9:47 am

trip8581 wrote:I found a small lump along Rain's spine [one of my other dogs] a few weeks ago and have been checking it. It is tiny and I can lift it up in the skin. But now of course I am worried she might have a MCT too. Is that a normal spot for one to occur? I really hope that is not what it is cause if both dogs end up needing surgery I am screwed money wise.


One of the hardest things about a MCT is worrying about all the other lumps you find. Some dogs are naturally lumpy; other dogs get more lumps as they get older. Most lumps are just cysts. But now I always have my vet check new lumps--she aspirates ones that seem suspicious to her, stains the aspirate, and checks for mast cells right then and there, while I hop nervously from foot to foot.
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby julie64 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:50 pm

You and Roc will be in my thoughts tommorrow. Praying for good results.
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby trip8581 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:45 am

Roc had surgery today and now he is home resting. The vet said he did really well and they removed a good chunk of tissue around the tumor just to be sure. She thought everything looked really good and clean on the inside and the tumor was small. The tumor is being sent out for biopsy and hopefully with come back at a grade 1. I will be happy to get the results back!

Roc has had a rough day - he is still a little disoriented and I feel so bad for him as he has no idea why he needed the surgery. I wish I could explain it to him. He did not want me to leave him at the vet this morning - he could tell it wasn't a normal quick vet visit. Poor guy! He is passed out on his dog bed right now - he was restless for a little while, but has settled down now. He looks kind of funny with his leg all shaved like he is naked on one side lol. I will take photos tomorrow once he is more relaxed and feeling better.

The surgery came out to $715 - a little more than I expected and I had the option of holding off on sending out for biopsy to reduce the price, but I need to know what grade it is. I will find a way to cover the surgery as Roc is my little man and I could not deny his medical needs. It may sound corny, but from the moment I met Roc 4 yrs ago I knew he was my dog and he attached himself to me right away like he knew I was his human. He is my soul puppy.
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby Nickdawg » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:47 am

Glad to hear all went well with sweet Roc.
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby suzi » Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:52 am

Good to hear that all went well!
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby tiva » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:48 pm

Good luck with the biopsy results (and of course you had to find out--you do have options if it doesn't come back grade 1). I'm glad he came through the surgery well.
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby HappyPuppy » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:19 am

I'm glad the surgery went well. Fingers crossed!
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby trip8581 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:42 pm

Just got the biopsy results today and it was a grade 1, clean margins, so the surgery was curative!!!! :headbang:

I am happy to have it off and not have to worry about it anymore. The vet said to keep an eye out for further lumps, but we are good for now. Roc is recovering well from the surgery and you wouldn't know he had even had surgery if his butt wasn't naked, lol

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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby julie64 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:46 pm

Great news! Glad to hear he is recovery well. He is adorable.
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby PitFriend » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:40 pm

Wonderful news!! :nana:
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby tiva » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:46 pm

That's great news!
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby Allie » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:59 pm

HOORAY!!
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby suzi » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:12 pm

I am soooo very happy for you and Roc!!!
Clean margins,,,grade 1,,,,your are more than likely good to go!
Roc is one adore-a-bull boy....I am so relieved to hear this news for the both of you.
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby patty » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:12 am

Awww look at your boy Roc :inlove:

Glad to hear this news!
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Re: Mast Cell Tumor - need advice

Postby SKoth » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:56 pm

Great news! And Roc is ridiculously cute!
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