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Old October 17th, 2013, 03:13 PM
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Mast cell diagnosis

Hi all I'm hoping you can help answer some questions or share your experiences. My boxer Juliet is 12.5 she has a ton of lumps & bumps all over & had 2 very large ones on her chest. Took her in to have them checked because my vet was afraid they may hinder her walking. While there the vet did a fine needle aspiration on them & they were both fatty. She also checked a 3rd much smaller one & it turned out to be a mast cell tumor. The vet than sent us out with some reading material & decisions to make.

After many heartbreaking discussions we have decided not to do surgery. She has a heart murmur & a really bad cough nearly completely blind & deaf, her right rear paw is completely lame & her left is barely still working. We are all very concerned about her surviving surgery let alone recovery.

So I figured we'd just watch it & see as she is still her happy self. They recommended that we put her on Benadryl & all of this was done on Tuesday. Yesterday we measured the mass so we could keep an eye on it to see if it grows(after the vet messed with it, it immediately doubled in size). We got a measurement of 3cm yesterday today it is up to 7CM. She is still on the Benadryl & I guess I just thought by today the histamine reaction would stop & it at least would not get bigger.

Is this a bad sign of things to come? By messing it did we make it worse? Or is this normal & it will calm back down? Please if you have any info, advice or experience with things like this I would really like to hear it.

Thank you!

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Old October 18th, 2013, 08:14 AM
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I'm so sorry your having to deal with this diagnosos. It is so truly hard to see them in pain and ill. My boy Winston passed a couple of years ago developed a tumor on his shoulder blade area within a period of 1 week. It grew tobe the size of a small cantalope. We did the same as you and opted for not surgically removing it because he likely wouldnt have recovered.
Basically we decided to enjoy the remaining time we had with our boy and made sure he was not suffering. The vet prescribed some pain meds and we were able to enjoy about 6 weeks with him before we knew it was time.
He made the decision on his own really, he stopped eating.
It is a very hard thing to decide but it is the kindest thing we could do for our pets.

Enjoy your time and you will know when the time is right.

BTW the tumor we had grew very quickly as well. It was called a mass stromal tumor.

Good Luck! and we would love to see a pic or 2.

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Old October 18th, 2013, 12:33 PM
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Thank you so much for your response & I'm so very sorry for your loss.

The past year has been so hard because she has times when she is doing really well than times she is not. Still getting a cancer diagnosis hit like a ton of bricks. Of course I knew it was possible but just hoped we would never hear that. Through it all the one constant is she is always a happy girl & has continued to eat.

I have heard so many very sad stories I'm dreading moving forward. At this time she is doing OK, just sleeping a lot. Currently she does not seem to be in pain, fingers crossed that continues for a s long as possible.

I will try to put some pictures up this weekend.

Thanks again.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 01:26 AM
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I am so very sorry for the diagnosis. Cancer sucks.

This thread may help you, if you want to find some things to support your girl.

I would have also had them aspirated, because it's helpful to know what you are dealing with. In the thread above, this is a boxer, prone to MCT, so it was a pretty good diagnosis, even without an aspirate. In Boxers, they also grow slower.

I'm liking quercitin and curcumin for MCT as a start.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 01:29 AM
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I should add, that although I loathe pred, during flairs might be appropriate to give. My long time vet has had some amazing pred recoveries from MCTs. It also helped thi dog linked above, though I would want to gear up with many of the supplements if the tumor is growing.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 08:30 AM
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MaxaLisa thank you so much for your response & the link to the thread it was very helpful.

They did aspirate the mass & we also have talked about the pred. Decided to hold off & treat with Benadryl for awhile to see if that calms down the flair. For the past couple of days I have seen no change so I'm hoping that means the flair is calming down.

Again I appreciate your responses so very much. Thanks again.
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