|Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 4:01pm PST |
|Hope you get results soon, as the waiting is not fun. Joey had 2 malignant mast cell tumors 2 years ago. He had them surgically removed 2 years ago and has been fine ever since. There is a yahoo group for canine cancer, and another one for mast cell tumors, so if you want more info on how others have handled their dogs' cancer, you could join one or both groups.
Paws crossed for you! If the cancer is mast cell, that's one of the easiest forms of cancer to treat, although in the case of a paw, it's a little harder, as you've been told. I took Joey to an oncologist when I learned he had cancer. It cost quite a good bit more than having the regular vet treat him, but if you have one available and you can afford it, I would recommend at least going for a consultation before doing anything more. The surgeon associated with the oncologist did the surgery, and while it may have been absolutely fine having Joey's regular vet do it, I kind of believe that the reason there has been no recurrence or spread is that a specialist did the surgery, not a regular vet.
The oncologist asked if I wanted to have an ultrasound of his organs done, to try to rule out spread. I did have that done (there was no evidence of spread). If, of course, was expensive, but did provide me with peace of mind, as there's really no simple way of knowing if the cancer has spread.
If it is mast cell cancer, the vet or oncologist may suggest giving Benedryl and/or famotidine (pepcid) if it is mast cell cancer. If not, you may want to ask about it.
Try to stay upbeat, and let us know what the results show. (Did the vet do a needle aspiration? Joey's did, but it turned out "inconclusive." If that happens to you, I would recommend going to an oncologist before having any surgery done, as an oncologist may be able to get more conclusive results. If the tumor is not cancer, most vets/oncs don't feel there's any reason to remove it.
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