Enlarged lymph node

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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby star_frances » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:16 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this. Will keep good thoughts going your way and hope for the best for Haley! :hug:
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby julie64 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:18 am

Lots of good thoughts coming for you and Haley. I'm glad to hear she is still acting her happy self. :hug: to both of you.
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby BabyReba » Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:14 pm

oh no. i'm so sorry. hang in there ... i'll be hoping for the best possible prognosis.
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:23 pm

Oh I'm sorry. :hug:
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby Leslie H » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:21 pm

It really does suck when they get old, doesn't it. I'm sorry to hear this, but glad that she's still feeling so well.
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby HappyPuppy » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:39 pm

I have been following you guys ... I wish I could do more than to share well wishes and a sincere 'hug' ....
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby gooeydog » Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:44 am

Appointment with the internal med specialist is today (friday). Took a barrage of x rays (chest, abdomen, & leg that previously had MCT), which all look ok to our regular vet, new bloodwork is pretty much normal, platelets are a little high, cholesterol is high, and T4 is a hair low, everything else good. Haley still acting fine, and the nodes have even gotten smaller over the last week, but I know all about how this works by now (they get smaller, then bigger, then smaller....), so we're still going. Guess we'll find out what's going on soon enough, I'm prepared for bad news, but still holding out a little hope that maybe wierdo dog has some sort of unusual, curable or manageable condition.
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby julie64 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:23 am

Good thoughts coming to you and Haley. :hug:
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby Murfins » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:41 am

Sending lots of positive thoughts!
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby jamielvsaustin » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:45 am

gooeydog wrote:I'm prepared for bad news, but still holding out a little hope that maybe wierdo dog has some sort of unusual, curable or manageable condition.

I'm holding out hope too!
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby heartbullies » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:15 pm

I'm sorry to hear about this... sending all good thoughts to you!



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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby Leslie H » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:25 pm

Here's hoping for a little weirdo curable condition.
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby patty » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:28 pm

I'm thinking positive thoughts for beautiful Haley!!!
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby gooeydog » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:04 pm

Appointment went ok, specialist took several more needle aspirates of the enlarged nodes to send to the University of PA for cytology. Hopefully that'll at least let us know what we're dealing with. She said that it's unlikely to be an abscess or infection, or she'd be acting sick and have elevated WBC count. Could be fungal or autoimmune, but unfortunately those are less common causes for systemic LN enlargement than cancer, so we're going to rule out the most likely first. She said if it is cancer, lymphoma is more likely than mast cell, as it's unusual for a MCT like she had to spread further than regional LN, and she'd expect her spleen and other organs to be involved if it were that advanced, they feel and look ok on x rays (but I didn't do the ultrasound they offered, so can't be sure). She also said that pit bulls as a breed tend to be more prone to lymphoma :( They didn't give me an exact time frame on the cytology results, but said should have some results within a week. Haley thought it was a rather pleasant "spa" visit, schmoozed some doctors and techs that happened across her in the waiting area, and convinced the tech that returned her to me that she needed to be carried! She was distressed that the exam room we were in had no couch, and had to settle for scaling a rather unpadded chair and sitting on that- poor thing lol
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Re: Enlarged lymph node

Postby gooeydog » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:53 am

Lymphoma :( Since she has multiple nodes enlarged, but isn't sick, she's at least a stage 3A (of 5, A being not sick, B being sick- in stages 4 and 5,there is other organ or bone marrow involvement, which we don't know, but can't rule out without further testing). Sucks. Still not inclined to do chemo, but going to talk to our regular vet today to see if he could do it and what he thinks...
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