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Re: visable ''skin'' tumors

Posted by:  Heather Reid
Posted on:  June 24, 2001 at 18:16:22

In Reply to: visable ''skin'' tumors
Posted by:  jaye haviland
Posted on:  June 24, 2001 at 08:35:19

Question:

: Hello,
: This is not so much a question as a statement. If your vet recommends leaving a tumor alone because it "looks like a harmless fatty mass" DO NOT LISTEN and have it removed and tested. It turns out that 25% of these "harmless looking" tumors are Mast Cell tumors. These tumors are cancerous. I finally insisted on removal of a tumor on my JRTs chest. The vet, not knowing enough, did not realize that at least 3 CM surgical margins is recommended. She didn't get it all.
: Now we are going to an Oncologist and will likely have to have more surgery done with Radiation treatment. I just want to say, if I had known the chances for this tumor being cancerous were 1 in 4 I would have had this removed long ago. Those odds are far too high for me to leave a tumor on my poor dog...and, as it turns out, the odds were too high for him. So PLEASE, if your dog has a "fatty tumor" please discuss the options with your vet. My vet didn't even KNOW the options. I sure hope the specialist we are going to on tuesday has a time payment policy because, otherwise, I don't know what I'm going to do. I feel if I had had the information I have now (only due to the fact that I've educated myself on the subject) earlier treatment would have lessened the severity of the results of this tumor.
: My poor Roman isn't yet 4 and this just breaks my heart.
: I hope another JRT benefits from this information.
: Please do not accept the "harmless" fatty tumor diagnosis with finding out the options. 1 in 4 chances are too high for your dog too !
: Sincerely,
: jaye haviland

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Hi Jaye,
That is scary. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, so that we can all benefit from what you have learned. I am glad you trusted your instincts and sought more information for your dog.
Hang in there and know that you and Roman are in our prayers for a promising future. He is lucky to have such a loving owner.
Heather