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3 October 2017
My beloved 10.5 year old yellow lab, Ripley, has a large soft tissue sarcoma (peripheral nerve sheath tumor) on her left lateral thigh. She had it removed about 1.5 years ago, but they were not able to get the entire thing (incomplete margins). It has now grown back and is larger, harder, etc. than it was before the initial removal surgery. She has never expressed any pain, discomfort or problems with the lump - as we have palpated it, the vet has felt it, and I will touch it a lot when she is laying there. No reactions whatsover. It is not in the way or causing any trouble that we are aware of. We went to a vet oncologist and they recommended amputation of the leg. They said that removing the tumor would only lead to it growing back. They also said an option was removal and daily radiation for 30 days. ($10K for surgery and radiation)! That seems like a lot for her to go through if it will just grow back. I feel like amputation is a gigantic leap too far forward, though, especially for a 10.5 year old dog that is showing no signs of pain, discomfort, or slowing down. I would love some advice!
25 April 2007
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As cancers go, you got "lucky" with a soft tissue sarcoma, but yes, in most cases it will grow back. How big, where, and how quick will determine on the size of clean margins the surgeon is able to excise.
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3 July 2017
Loki is around 10 years old and also had a STS resected from his leg (front right), only to recur worse than before. In speaking with a local vet oncologist, we learned that these tumors usually become more aggressive and invasive each time they recur. Even tumors that seem asymptomatic will eventually, likely, become either painful or detrimental once they grow big enough. Because of that, the oncologist recommended amputation for a "95% chance of cure" in our dog's situation. Loki has adapted beautifully, and I hope that if Ripley takes the same path, she thrives as well!
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- 1/5/2017- Suspected STS found through cytology near RF carpal joint
- 1/10/2017- Confirmed grade 2 hemangiopericytoma resected
- 7/1/2017- Visible tumor noted near old surgical scar
- 7/3/2017- Recurrence of hemangiopericytoma confirmed by cytology
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