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Old 08-21-2008, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My dog Mia who is 7 years old was recently diagnosed with a mast cell tumor on her hind leg. *I have also noticed a similar one on her "cheek". Any suggestions as to prognosis or treatment would be much appreciated.
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Welcome to forum, although I wish it were under happier circumstances! *
I am afraid I have no experience with these, so I will hope someone else chimes in. *People are really helpful on here..
Our positive thoughts are with Mia for a swift recovery! *
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum and I too am sorry to hear about Mia's situation. I have no experience with Mass tumor's but I'm sure someone on here will. I will keep you in my thoughts and am hoping for a full recovery.
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Thank you so much for your reply.... and good wishes.
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no experience here with MCT, but i know that many boxer owners have had to deal with them eventually.

hope your baby is ok. *i know if they get them when they are small and get good margins, they have a good recovery and outcome. *seems they are more common than not in boxers.

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Did they tell you what grade it was?
Ollie had one earlier this year - here is my thread http://www.boxerforums.com/modules.php? ... pic&t=8399
I am assuming they have aspirated it and it was deemed suspicious?
Have you already had it removed? It's then that they can tell you the grade ...
Ollie's was Grade 1 (the least worrisome) and they removed it and got clear margins (no more cancer).
Prognosis for Grade 1 is very good - just have to keep an eye on the bumps and get them checked quick.
Let us know what other information you got from your vet.

It's scary stuff - sorry you and Mia need to go through this.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My first boxer had one in his leg, and died from it. However I DO have advice.

The tumor was deep in his rear leg, and we tried to operate on it. Of course I tried to do what I thought was right to save my baby, but in the end, the MCT's release so much histamine, it killed him. He had one surgery, and then another a month later -- he died following the second surgery. My advice is not to operate on any tumors that the surgeon can not get VERY large clean margins on the tumor. They can surgically remove any small tumors that they can get clean margins on. If the tumor in the hind leg is large I would not operate. Instead, I would consider perhaps some chemotherapy or radiation treatment to make make her comfortable and perhaps extend her quality of life. I wish I did that! *If the tumor in the cheek can be removed easily, I would consider doing that. The other option is removing the leg. However, a dog that is already 7 years old, that seems kind of... I don't know.

Best of luck, let us know what you decide to do!
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I don't have any experience with this but am wishing you well for a quick and full recovery!
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You really need to know the stage in order to determine a prognosis. A fine needle aspiration will determine the stage/grade. Once that is determined a plan of care would be formulated. If tumors are caught when small the prognosis is good. Just be aware that they can develop more mast cells and keep checking their skin for them.
Boxers are one of the breeds that Mast Cells more commonly occur in. I had a rottie with a mass cell, but it was a stage 4 and she died. A friend of mine has a pit with a mast cell discovered 7 years ago and the dog is fine. Please keep us posted.
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Get your pup on Benadryl and Tagamet 2 x a day for three weeks. Obviously they need to come off. You need to know the grade.
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