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10 July 2018
Hello I'm looking for some help. My 11 year old Labrador mix has been diagnosed with a nerve sheath tumor on her right front leg. The tumor is found on the spinal nerve supplying the right triceps. The affected muscle has atrophy. The lesion does not extend to the vertebral canal.
I am looking for advice regarding amputation of the arm.
1) if the tumor is fully removed, are there chances of this cancer returning?
2) can a 11 year old 70 lb dog recover from a front leg amputation and return to a good quality of life?
Thank you very much if you have any advice to share.
25 April 2007
Hello I'm looking for some help...
Welcome, you've come to the right place! Best wishes for your pup. What's his or her name?
There is always a chance of cancers returning if soft tissue tumors are not excised with proper margins. This depends upon how "involved" the tumor is and why most oncologists will recommend amputation to get it all. Depending upon the exact location of the tumor, partial amputation may be an option, and if at least one or preferably two articulating joints remain, use of a prosthetic may be an option. As cancers go, you got a "good" one...
You will find many success stories of much older and larger dogs recovering quickly, adapting well, and Loving Life On Three Legs here. While you wait for feedback from others, use the Advanced Search above to refine your forum search results with specific phrases, and you're sure to find lots of helpful feedback. You can also search all blogs here . Or, consider downloading the Tripawds e-books for fast answers to common concerns and feel free to call the toll-free Tripawds Helpline anytime!
10 July 2018
Thank you so much. Her name is Belle, which I assume her 1st owner named her after Belle in the story Beauty and the Beast. She has been with me since she was 8 months old. I want to be fully informed about what to expect if we do amputate because I can not regret this desicion. We are meeting with an oncologist soon to discuss how we proceed with her diagnosis.
25 April 2007
Best wishes for Belle and the decisions you face. You have found the right place for support and plenty of helpful information. Bookmark Jerry's Required Reading List , remember to Be More Dog , and start here for help finding the many Tripawds resources and assistance programs.
Without Regret was one of the first books we read after Jerry's amputation that helped us realize we made the right decision.
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