Mya has a malignant tumor :(

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Scruffy (RIP)

In Loving Memory
Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 3:21pm PST 

I'm working on- three toys!
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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I'm working on- three toys!
Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 4:27pm PST 
Just wanted to add that while surgery is the first choice for most mast cell tumors (and I'm assuming that's what she has, but for other cancers, things may be totally different) there is also an option of radiation to treat localized tumors that are in places where surgery is not possible or desirable. So just keep that in mind... and to me, that's another reason why going to an oncologist is a good idea if you can swing it....they will outline all the options. Of course, not all oncologists are able to offer radiation - it's a bit specialized, and when I was looking around, I found that only about a third of the oncs around my area (Wash DC area) offer it. More negatives are that it requires a lot of time (3 weeks, M - F for a half hour each session) and it's not cheap. However, a positive is that the side effects are minimal (just a localized mild sun burn that goes away).


I love sitting- in laps
Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 5:53pm PST 

Fritz, cats are- fun when they- run
Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 7:45pm PST 

Dunlop-named for- the rider not- the tyer
Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 2:54am PST 

Keep us posted please. Cancer is a scary thing whether Human or Canine. Having bee through it twice with a human family member I know to some extent, what you're going through.


I'm your new- best friend! Pet- me!
Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 10:29am PST 
Thanks for all the support guys. It's been a long few days...waiting for test results sucks. I'll post back as soon as I hear - hopefully tomorrow or Friday.
Thanks again everyone hug

Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 1:17pm PST 
My mini doxie is also named Mya. Your puppy is beautiful and I wish the best for her and that the results are positive. My prayers are with you and as everyone has said let us know how it goes.

Spreading Smiles- As A Tribute For- Lexi
Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 5:13pm PST 
I lost 3 sisters to cancer all within 5 weeks this spring and my heart aches for you. Saying many healing prayers for Mya and will comtinue to do sohughughughug

Our First Affen - Not Our Last
Barked: Fri Nov 30, '12 2:15am PST 
I'm so sorry to hear your dog has cancer! I recommend reading up on your dog's condition. Neoplasia is never a good diagnosis. A malignant tumor only wants to do three things; live, grow, and take over more of your dog's body! Do you know the stage and grade yet? Skin cancer is the most common in dogs. SCC is most commonly found on the ears. Hemangiosarcoma is usually found on the spleen, but can be found on the skin as well. Fibrosarcoma starts usually at the skull. You might be looking at a mast cell tumor, which usually look small and benign at first. Mammary tumors are the most common cancer found in intact females. Oral tumors are usually malignant. Nasal tumors start out with sneezing. Bone cancer is common in large dogs. Cancer of the lymph system is unfortunately fairly common in dogs. Abdominal tumors are uncommon among canines. Lung cancer is also pretty rare. I know the decision about what to do will be difficult, but I just wanted to go over the types of cancer in dogs with you, just so you might know what you are dealing with a bit better. I recommend holistic cancer treatment over the more aggressive approach. But, only you know what is right for you and Mya. Remember to do your research! There are three supplements I recommend to anyone who has a dog with cancer: venus fly trap, aloe vera, and vitamin c.
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