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Old 06-16-2014, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 5 year old withe boxer who was just diagnosed today with a mast cell tumor. It was aspirated and looked under microscopic by vet. She wants it removed immediately it's the size of a small lime. She suspects it's cancerous. He's had it for about a year but his regular vet thought it was allergies. He's been on Benadryl now for allergies for about 3 months and I did notice it shrank. Here's the question should it be removed and then start on Tagamet and Benadryl regimen that I read about here on forum. Or leave it alone and start on Tagamet and Benadryl. Surgery will be between $600 to $800. He has no insurance.. Financially this is very difficult for us because I'm not working at the moment. Will return to work in august.

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It's best to have MCT immediately removed. A lime size growth is large.
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It's best to have MCT immediately removed. A lime size growth is large.
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Did your Vet send a sample of the fine needle aspiration out for histological examination or is your Vet just guessing its a MCT? If it wasnt sent off for further testing it just means the stained sample the Vet looked at under the microscope might be MCT. To get a definite diagnosis and to know what you are up against histological examination is required. To the Vet some of the cells might looks suspicious so they assume based on the breed and the "look" of the tumor what it might be. Frankly some Vets dont even know how to do a Fine Needle Aspiration correctly. If the sample tissue is expressed from the needle too quickly it can damage the cells thus not being able to give an accurate evaluation.

I wouldnt do anything until the tumor is removed surgically and a sample of the tissue sent out for a histological examination. Once the results come back you will have a definite diagnosis and will know how to proceed from there.

Benadryl and Tagamet are for MCTs yes, however you arent even sure if it is a MCT so no need to start something unless you know for sure.
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Did your Vet send a sample of the fine needle aspiration out for histological examination or is your Vet just guessing its a MCT? If it wasnt sent off for further testing it just means the stained sample the Vet looked at under the microscope might be MCT. To get a definite diagnosis and to know what you are up against histological examination is required. To the Vet some of the cells might looks suspicious so they assume based on the breed and the "look" of the tumor what it might be. Frankly some Vets dont even know how to do a Fine Needle Aspiration correctly. If the sample tissue is expressed from the needle too quickly it can damage the cells thus not being able to give an accurate evaluation.

I wouldnt do anything until the tumor is removed surgically and a sample of the tissue sent out for a histological examination. Once the results come back you will have a definite diagnosis and will know how to proceed from there.

Benadryl and Tagamet are for MCTs yes, however you arent even sure if it is a MCT so no need to start something unless you know for sure.

She said she wasn't sure but didn't like the way it looked under microscope and that we wouldn't know until after it was removed and sent to lab.

Thank you for your advice
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There are a number of topics on it on this forum but it is a diet consisting of raw meat. It has numerous health advantages. Just follow the how to guide and do your research and you'll never want to go back to kibble!


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My boy Max had a growth that was the size of a large red bean removed. It was a low grade 2 MCT with clean margins. I feel like we were very lucky. So far it's not trying to come back. Our vet said it was best to just remove it instead of taking a chance aspirating and possible releasing the cells from the sac they were encapsulated in and allowing it to spread further. Good luck with your pup!
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