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plzhelp

This question is related to: Lucy the Dog

Age:11
Gender:Female
Breed:Poodle
Neutered:Yes
Weight:7
Fed On:both home made food (specially made for her) and pedigree pouches.
Kept:in the house

Lump on leg

Last Sunday I've noticed a lump on my dog's right hind leg. I took her to the vet as soon as I could where I was told that it can be a cyst but can be skin cancer as well. The vet wanted to take a sample, but (being scared of spreading it) we agreed to wait a bit and see if it grows or just stays the same.
I would like to ask your opinion. In case of skin cancer, can we wait a month or is it dangerous and urgent to take care of?
How easy is it to cure?
Also, I've read that with this type of cancer, chemotherapy and radiotherapy is used after the tumor has been removed. After seeing so many people I've known getting worse and worse instead of getting rid of cancer during this treatment, I'm just not sure what to think in this case. What is your opinion on this form of treatment?
Also here's a photo of the lump:
http://i66.tinypic.com/2dtq3h0.jpg
could you please take a look and tell me what you think? (It probably can't be seen on the photo but the surface of the lump is a bit red.)
Sorry for all the questions, I know you've got very little time and have already helped so much with a different problem I had only a week ago.

21/1/17

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Chicco

My two guesses would a histiocytoma or a mast cell tumour and if it is the latter then you need be referred to an oncologist in my opinion.

I'm not a vet though.

21/1/17

Martina Stuart

Once again I totally agree. Any suggestion it is growing and immediate referral is not an option for whatever reason get it removed in its entirety taking as much skin margin as possible and sent for analysis.
Whatever it is that is your safest option to avoid spread and help to make decisions when more appear as they likely will.
Better to romove it early than leave it till it's too late.
Good luck.
Please keep us informed.
Thanks again Chico hope you are well.

22/1/17

Martina Stuart

I consider total removal a far safer option than biopsy by needle or knife.

22/1/17

Chicco

Thankyou Stuart, and yes I am well... and the work continues.

I have yet another old boy in who is down with optivet on Tuesday with a continuing eye ulcer that won't clear up.

Wishing you a belated Happy New Year.

22/1/17

plzhelp

Okay! Thank you both for the help!!

23/1/17

plzhelp

By the way I've heard that giving vitamins to someone with cancer isn't recommended. Is that true? (She's taking 2 types of vitamins at the moment.) Or do you know any immune strengthening vitamins that would be beneficial for her?

23/1/17

Martina Stuart

JURY'S OUT ON THE VITAMINAS MINERALS AND SUPPLEMENTS SO NO OPINION!
However i am really looking forward to Chico's comment. I suspect it will be along the lines of good mixed raw meaty bone diet will provide all that is necessary
A localised tumour is unlikely to exert any increased nutritional demand. monitor her weight and be prepared to increase food intake. However do not be conned into feeding her more just cos she looks at ou with big soggy eyes.

23/1/17

Chicco

yes Stuart, my comment would be NO supplements... however, the thing that concerns me most is the presumption that it is cancer.

If it is a histiocytoma then they are usually benign although the vets like to get them taken off ...and I say 'usually' as not always.

However if it is a mast cell then you need to do something about it quickly as they are an unknown and can have tentacles down from the tumour.

I also agree about the fact that it would be a localised tumour and therefore not sure whether any diet would affect it, but in general it is sugars and carbs to be wary of when cancer is present and yes, to me, a good meaty raw diet is better than kibble with its fillers of rice and corns.

23/1/17

Martina Stuart

Agreed Is that 'corns' or 'cons' .

23/1/17

Chicco

Definitely 'corn' Stuart.

Unnecessary filler in virtually all dog kibbles.

23/1/17

plzhelp

Thank you both for your answers!! It is really a huge help!!

24/1/17

Martina Stuart

Any update ?

29/1/17

plzhelp

Hello! I've been to the vet and she decided we definitely need to take a sample to safely remove the lump. However it was great news when the results came back! It's only a cyst! It's getting smaller every day and hopefully won't require removal. I'm so happy!!

5/2/17

Martina Stuart

So glad to read that. For future reference I am interested to know how the sample was taken and what treatment is recommended and provided for the cyst.

5/2/17

plzhelp

I think it was fine needle biopsy. The vet prescribed Isaderm gel and we used it for a week. Now it seems like its empty and only the sac remains. She doesn't look like its bothering her so no further action was required.

11/2/17

Martina Stuart

Thanks. Glad to hear that

11/2/17

plzhelp

No problem, happy to help! And thank you for all the help!!

21/2/17

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