My heart dog and possible cancer- devestating news :(

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My heart dog and possible cancer- devestating news :(

Post by doganddisc on Sun May 06, 2012 2:34 am

On Thursday, I was sitting with my male 5-year-old Border Collie, Pilot, when I noticed a lump on top of the area where is head meets his neck. The lump was bleeding heavily. I figured it was a spot where a tick has bitten him and gave him a good bath, then did a little digging around in the lump to see if I could find a tick head. I found nothing and ended up calling my vet to have it checked out.

I went in on Friday morning and told my vet about what I found on Pi. He shaved the area and started inspecting it. I knew immediately that it was worse than I expected.

Apparently this big bloody lump could either be a histiocytoma or a mast cell tumor. The histiocytoma is benign- a mast cell tumor means cancer. My vet did a needle aspiration and took a sample of the lump to send to the lab. Now I have to wait until Monday for lab results.

I'm a nervous wreck right now. This dog is my heart and soul. I cannot imagine going through something like this so soon. Sad
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Post by Jenni on Sun May 06, 2012 2:44 am

So sorry to hear! Crossing fingers and toes for good news.

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Post by Stina on Sun May 06, 2012 2:59 am

Oh no Sad Sad Sad Sad I hope it's benign!

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Post by kawmice on Sun May 06, 2012 3:39 am

I am soooo sorry!!!!! Hopefully it is benign. Please keep us posted and I will be wishing you and your baby the best! I hate playing the waiting game. Sad
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Post by thistlebrook on Sun May 06, 2012 12:11 pm

Sorry to hear that. I hope everything turns out okay.
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Post by tinyhartmouseries on Sun May 06, 2012 9:13 pm

dog and disc,
as my vet described to me, mast cell tumors are not nearly death sentences. They mean basically that if removed, the cells will probably start a new growth in another area. My doberman is the mole/growth queen and despite each growth's scientific denomination, she is still getting around just fine and doing well with no treatments except the occasional removal. DO not fret, this will either turn out just fine or mildly inconvienient for both of you.
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Post by bethmccallister on Mon May 07, 2012 4:14 pm

Wondering if you got news from the lab test? Thinking of you and hoping everything is ok.
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Post by doganddisc on Mon May 07, 2012 11:31 pm

*warning, images with blood*

No news yet! I called the vet two times today and stopped in once (I'm one of "those" people), but they kept telling me it would be a few more days. Nervous mama syndrome- I couldn't help but pester them for info.

My vet called me this evening to ask about the offending bump but I didn't get his voice mail until he was out of the office.

An interesting development tonight though: the spot seemed to have scabbed over and I was playing with it when I noticed that what I previously thought was the layer of skin over a tumor was actually the top of a scab. I carefully peeled it back a bit and it popped right off to reveal a smaller bump and some bare pink skin underneath. Maybe it was just a scab? Fingers crossed.

Here's the progression of the spot over the past few days:

It went from this:



To this:

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Post by thistlebrook on Tue May 08, 2012 11:02 am

Looks fine to me! Like an abscess that burst (possibly a sebaceous cyst?). Let us know. Happy
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Post by doganddisc on Tue May 08, 2012 11:54 am

The vet just called- he is cancer free! Said it was probably a cyst that was mimicking a tumor. I'm thrilled!

Thank you everyone for your support through this!
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Post by kawmice on Tue May 08, 2012 12:30 pm

I had a feeling it was after I looked at the pics but I did not want to give you the wrong information.

I am soo happy everything is fine with your baby!!!! *hugs*
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Post by thistlebrook on Tue May 08, 2012 12:36 pm

Glad to hear that! Happy
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Post by Stina on Tue May 08, 2012 3:27 pm

yay!!!

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Post by lunalady on Sun May 27, 2012 10:05 am

Oh I am sooo happy. I was watching the post. The news couldn't be better.!!!

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