Alas, this time Tiva's mast cell cancer HAS returned...

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Postby tiva » January 25th, 2011, 3:20 pm

Last year I posted that Tiva's new lumps weren't mast cell tumor again (here's the thread, with picture:

Alas, this time, the news isn't so good. Tiva now has another MCT, in her front leg, just above the elbow joint. 3 years ago, she had a high-grade tumor and the initial surgery didn't get clean margins. Luckily, it was in her tail, so amputation worked fine.

This time the options will be more difficult, especially given her age (15+). Fortunately, we do have a good vet school and oncology department in Madison WI. Her big appointment there is a week from today. It's a long time to wait--I wish they had an opening earlier.

Wish her luck. She's doing great, otherwise--running around like a young dog, minimal arthritis, lots of energy.
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Postby Pit♥bull » January 25th, 2011, 4:40 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this :( she such a grand young lady.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 25th, 2011, 5:05 pm

Oh no! :( Keep us updated.

Tons of good thoughts coming her way.
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Postby iluvk9 » January 25th, 2011, 5:06 pm

15! Bless her soul!! Good thoughts coming her way for whatever course you take. And to you, for the strength to continue thinking clearly and doing what is best for her.
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Postby amalie79 » January 25th, 2011, 5:13 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this. :(

My own senior citizen and I will be sending good thoughts to you both!
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Postby hugapitbull » January 25th, 2011, 6:53 pm

Tons of good thoughts for Tiva. I'm so sorry you are facing this again.
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Postby madremissy » January 25th, 2011, 7:00 pm

Good thoughts to the beautiful girl.
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Postby FAB dogs » January 25th, 2011, 7:03 pm

(((hug))) Hugs to both of you. Hang in there!
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 25th, 2011, 7:05 pm

Positive healing thoughts headed your way...
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Postby SisMorphine » January 25th, 2011, 7:13 pm

Sending good healing thoughts! So sorry to hear this. Cancer is evil.
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Postby TinaMartin » January 25th, 2011, 8:34 pm

Oh my! I will keep both you and Tiva in my thoughts and prayers.
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Postby tiva » January 25th, 2011, 9:22 pm

Thanks! Hopefully we can get the new MCT drug, Palliva. It would be a lot easier on her than another surgery. We'll see.

Here she is two summers ago, playing with stick bigger than she is (as usual):
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Postby iluvk9 » January 26th, 2011, 6:47 am

You both look so happy! :)
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Postby Suzi » January 28th, 2011, 4:20 pm

hugs,,,,HUGE hugs.
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Postby plebayo » January 29th, 2011, 2:32 am

tiva wrote:Thanks! Hopefully we can get the new MCT drug, Palliva. It would be a lot easier on her than another surgery. We'll see.

Here she is two summers ago, playing with stick bigger than she is (as usual):

She looks great!

Do you mean Palladia or is there another drug?

Regardless I would be interested to know if it works/helps out. I've read good things about it.

How large is the tumor? We have a pug that is old/crusty, diabetic, gets calcium oxylate crystals, we had just done a second bladder stone removal surgery when he got a MCT. He's also had past surgeries to remove other MCTs. Anyway, our doctor ended up removing it under local, the dog handled it fine. They didn't want to put him under full anesthesia again and it was a pretty quick and easy surgery. Just something to think about if the drug is not an option.
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Postby Jenn » January 30th, 2011, 1:02 am

So sorry to read this, WONDERFUL WONDERFUL photo!! :hug3:

Will be keeping you both in my thoughts!
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