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Plasmacytoma Diagnosis

August 15th, 2005, 11:34 AM
An English Cocker (10) diagnosed by the Vet College in Saskatoon with plasmacytoma in the inner ear. Catscan was inconclusive. Surgery will be invasive requiring total removal of ear canal. Chemo and radiation have been discussed. :ca: Bills are mounting and we're desperate for advice on homeopathic or natural remedies to avoid putting him through any more. Initial surgery and biopsy was weeks in recovering. Murphy has been home fed all his life and takes nutritional supplements on a regular basis. He is very healthy otherwise. Any advice? Karen and George Green

Lucky Rescue
August 15th, 2005, 02:25 PM
HI and welcome to the board. Sorry your first post had to be something like this.:(

Unfortuately, no natural remedies can cure cancer.

I know nothing about this condition, but according to info at a vet site, it seems the chance of recovery is excellent when the tumour is completely excised with clean margins. Here is an excerpt:

"Plasmacytomas usually occur as a single tumor, that rises from the skin
surface for a few millimeters and is about 1 to 2cm in diameter. They can
get larger than this in some instances, though. They are considered to be
nearly totally benign (unlikely to metastasize to other spots) but there
have been a small number of reports of tumor spread or an association with
multiple myeloma. Surgery is curative as long as there is a tumor free
margin of tissue around the entire surgical site. These tumors are more
common in German shepherd dogs than in other breeds. They usually occur on
the skin or in the oral tissues. The head, neck, ears (pinnae), body and
legs are also possible sites. If for some reason surgery is not possible
these tumors are also reported to respond to radiation therapy well and to
respond reasonably well to chemotherapy.

Plasma cells are a white blood cell, which is probably why there is a
slight link with multiple myelomas, another cancer of the white blood cell
system. There are malignant forms of plasma cell tumors. The difference
between these and the benign plasmacytomas seems to be the place they
originate more than anything else. Plasma cell tumors that occur in the
skin and oral tissues (extramedullary tissues) are usually benign and
plasma cell tumors that arise in bone (osseous plasmacytoma) tend to be
malignant. Fortunately, your dog had this tumor in the skin.

I hope that this helps. The odds are very good that there will be no future
problems from this tumor but it is possible that a new one would form
somewhere else as well as a small chance of recurrence at or near the same
spot. Just watching for signs of recurrence should be sufficient for most
dogs since the cure rate is so high with surgery alone.

Mike Richards, DVM

August 28th, 2005, 04:20 PM
Thanks for answering. I have read the excerpt you posted. Since my last note, we are working with a homeopathic vet in Regina who is going to try her best to help. At best we could stop the tumour's progression, at worst, his quality of life will be better for the time left. Surgry to remove the ear canal and drilling up through his jaw plus all the other suggestions are just not an option for us - we can't put him through any more. We are boosting his immune system with natural diet and supplements and the vet will be adding homeopathic remedies after her analysis of Murphy. Our fingers are crossed!!!! Karen

August 28th, 2005, 07:44 PM
Welcome to the board. I hope Murphy gets well. I have a 6 year old english cocker as well that we just adopted from Alaska. They are great dogs arent they! My prayers are with you to stop the cancer in his ears. :)