Poodle Forum banner

1 - 20 of 44 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,305 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Francis has another lump on her belly, a few inches away from where her mast cell tumor was. I just got a call from the vet. It's another mast cell tumor. Her last tumor was Grade II, halfway between low risk and aggressive cancer. Boston Terriers are one of the breeds that are prone to this type of cancer. So, here we go again.

Mast cell tumors are hard to predict. 60% of the time, the dog never gets another one. Francis is in the other 40%, probably because she's a BT. Multiple skin tumors don't seem to pose extra risk for survival, which is good. Grade II is more guarded, though because the cells pose a risk for metastasis, which is bad. We're in that middle ground right now.

We'll have it removed on Thursday. Because this is her second tumor, I think we'll make an appointment with the oncology vet just to find out if there is something else we can do. I'd like to avoid tumor number three if we can.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,222 Posts
Hope it is straightforward, and removing the lump removes the cancer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,101 Posts
(((HUGS))))

Poor Francis. I hope everything goes smoothly. You are wise to see an oncologist
 
  • Like
Reactions: Click-N-Treat

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,438 Posts
Sorry you and Francis have to go thru it again. MCT are quite prevalent also in boxers. Many of my daughters boxer forum friends have had to deal with this too.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,565 Posts
Hope the surgery goes well but so very sorry that Francis didn’t get the better odds. I agree you are wise to consult with an oncologist. Hugs from Houston!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
22,882 Posts
Well this is very upsetting for you and I am sorry Francis has to have surgery (which I hope is easy and curative). One of the things I find comforting when dealing with such things is that dogs and cats don't know anything about what cancer is.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,305 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
Unfortunately, it's malignant. We already know that from the fine needle biopsy. The question is, has it spread anywhere else? Mast cell cancer is hard to pin down, especially grade II. Grade I, surgery is a cure. Grade III, your dog has four to six months to live. Grade II? Well, it could act more like Grade I and be no big thing. Or, it could be more like Grade III and be fatal. I think that's why my vet said her prognosis was guarded last year.

Surgery on Thursday, and we'll go from there, I guess.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,294 Posts
Oh dear...I'm so sorry you're dealing with this again. Poor pup. I liked what Lily said...that at least the dogs themselves don't know what's happening so it's just us humans who have to worry and bear the sadness. I do hope that it will be the end of it when they remove it. Maybe chemo? Is that an option? I've heard that it's not as hard on dogs as humans. I'll be thinking of Francis and you...that it will be at least staved off for a reasonable amount of time. (((hugs)))
 
  • Like
Reactions: Click-N-Treat

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,733 Posts
Oh darn, I wish Francis the best in her ordeal. I hate it when children and animals have to suffer. Francis is such a little ball of energy; perhaps that will give her the extra strength she needs to get better. Hugs to you. I always say that I have proudly earned all my grey hairs fussing over my little ones.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
33 Posts
I'm so sorry to hear this Click! :sad: I really hope she recovers okay. Just know that she's lucky to have such a loving dog mom who's so dedicated to making her better. :love2:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,438 Posts
apparently it is said that a regimen of tagament and benedryl can help prevent future act's. This person use to post on the boxer forum, perhaps she can shed some additional light. I have copied and posted one of her posts here so you can investigate
Mast Cell Tumors release histamines. There are 4 differennt types of histamine(H1, H2, H3, H4) When dealing with MCTs only H1 and H2 are the ones to worry about. Benadryl or diphenhydramine is an H1 blocker and Tagamet or cimetidine is an H2 blocker. The dosage for Benadryl for a 55-75lb dog is 25mg and the Tagamet is 200mg both twice daily. I have heard of people increasing the dosage without any issues, but this is the general guideline
__________________
Gouda 9/6/01 - 7/19/12

Sue - Mom to Kippah rescued 8/19/12 and Loki

DogHerbals.com For The Natural Health Of Dogs
Visit My Blog and read more about herbal and holistic healing. Message me about getting a FREE Organic Healing Salve safe for all pets.
 
1 - 20 of 44 Posts
Top