|Barked: Wed Aug 13, '08 2:45pm PST |
Just wanted to add that your mom should not go looking up MCT info online! We know from experience! The night I was diagnosed (and I mean night--the vet called at around 9pm with the cytology) mom couldn't talk with any experts for a second opinion, so she resorted to going online. Big mistake! A lot of the stuff online about MCTs is either outdated or way too pessimistic or both. MCTs are the most common skin tumor in dogs and are 50% benign and 50% malignant. I think of this difference as similar to the one between basal cell carcinoma and melanoma in humans. Both are skin cancers--cancer just being an uncontrolled growth of cells--but the basal cell will not spread even if it's around for years, which makes it pretty benign. The melanoma will spread, which makes it malignant, but if caught early can be cured completely with surgical excision. So even in the worst case, if your grade 2 MCT had a high probability of spreading--and it sounds like that is NOT the case given that you're not having chemo or radiation--it's been removed and very likely will never, ever return.
Now, for your mom's piece of mind, you need to go for your checkups and she needs to check you out all over every once in while. My mom tries to make me think I'm getting a full body massage when she does that, but I'm not fooled. Your mom is gonna be a nervous nellie for awhile and you just have to put up with it!
Now tell her to get off the internet so she can start having fun again with you and your bro!
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