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… He also sometimes whimpers. 

Is this normal? We are concerned that the sarcoma may have metastasized?

The first tests of his bone biopsy are inconclusive of what type of sarcoma it is. 


28 November 2021 12:07 pm
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…. She said it didn’t look like “typical osteosarcoma” so we went ahead and scheduled a biopsy for later that week.

The results came back as inconclusive, and the pathologist requested a larger sample. So a few days later, he was back in surgery for a bigger piece to be sent. Unfortunately that also

…amputation and she is still here with us.   Her birthday is in a couple of weeks and I soooo want her to be here on that day. 

The histopath was inconclusive so we sent it to Michigan State for antigen testing and it came back hemangiosarcoma.  My last dog died of splenic hemangio. So sad.  This is

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So the chemotherapy question is always a difficult one to tackle, and it's even tougher with an inconclusive diagnosis. We often see inconclusive diagnoses and I would say the majority of the time people take the preventive route and do the chemo as per

23 December 2020 12:41 pm
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…front leg amputated at the shoulder due to a large tumor on his shoulder.  A biopsy and tests were done prior to the surgery, with the biopsy being inconclusive as to what type of cancer it was.  Ultra sounds, X-rays and exams at that time showed nothing unusual in his stomach or chest, lymph nodes were…

…tumor/leg was sent for an additional biopsy to try to determine exactly what type of cancer it is.  Again, even after stains, the pathology was inconclusive but did rule out both histiocytic and rhabdomyocytic sarcoma.  As well, the report states lymph nodes are clear, confirmed the entire tumor was…

… MI was "2", and that the optimal margin of 5 cm was achieved and was clear.

In speaking with the Oncologist, she explained that due to the inconclusive results of the two biopsies, we have two options:

1.  Assume the worse that the cancer cells are of an aggressive form and proceed with a course…

….  My thought is that if all of the important indicators are good (MI, lymph nodes, etc.) and the only reason to proceed with chemo is due to the inconclusive biopsy(s)...why go forward with chemo at this time?  Based on what has been presented to me, it would only be because "we just don't know", so

23 December 2020 12:20 pm
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…is still napping more often than pre surgery. The oncologists had thought the cancer was Synovial Cell, but the cytology report came back sort of inconclusive. It stated it may be a soft tissue or possibly histiocytic sarcoma and may need additional staining test to rule out histiocytic sarcoma. So this

19 November 2020 7:28 pm
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…came back fine.  The advice given by the oncologist vet was to get the CT scans expertly read.  I went ahead with this and the results came back inconclusive on the shadowing on the bone and also inconclusive on the lung mass however saw there was a bronchial lymph node enlarged.

After all of this I

9 June 2020 6:16 am
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…to see her personality come back. The stitches come out tomorrow so we are excited to really get more walks in!

The vet said her biopsy came back inconclusive, but they think it is osteosarcoma. There were no signs of the cancer spreading so the vet said she may live a few more years! So we are just going

27 May 2020 4:17 pm
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…results on the mass in her spleen indicate it is NOT another case of the soft tissue sarcoma that required the leg amputation, but it is otherwise inconclusive (atypical lymphoid hyperplasia).  We ordered a PCR test which will hopefully tell us whether it is another cancer or not, but it could be a few

4 November 2019 10:56 pm
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…for learning, do they feel like the 17 days worth of antibiotics  are working as a reason for not doing a culture.....or because  a culture is inconclusive if a dog has 17 days worth of antibiotics  in his system.  My questions  are probably  way off base, but still would be interested  in knowing. 

27 September 2019 10:53 am
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…they don't get one at all, and just proceed with chemotherapy based on similar cancer presentations. 

Here are a few search results about inconclusive diagnoses that you may want to sift through to find one similar to Toby's.

If the cancer is something you want to treat, your vet can send the

18 July 2019 4:12 pm
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…would metastasize to the femur. 

We could do a $400 stain test to find out what type of cancer cells they are, so we have an ID, but it might be inconclusive. We could also do an ultrasound, $400 or $500, to see where the primary cancer is. Chemo might be off the table at this point, though radiation

17 July 2019 11:31 pm
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…took some xrays, which showed no bone involvement, whacked that lump down to size , and sent it off to be biopsied. Of COURSE the biopsy came back inconclusive--it was either osteosarcoma or an atypical ameloblastoma and the pathologist was leaning towards ameloblastoma after getting a second opinion. The

…know that many of us have had the experience of doing a biopsy and it coming back as "inconclusive."  Just because there are no cells in the biopsy does not necessarily mean you are out of the woods.  I don't say this to scare you, but there are…

…couple of months. Then his repeat x-rays showed a tumor; and he had an x-ray guided bone biopsy at the University of Michigan.  When it came back inconclusive, we had a 3rd set of x-rays, which showed that the tumor had grown even more and that part of the bone was actually missing.  We were lucky that he

…super diligent on feeling for any curious lumps and bumps on him! During his last cancer, we were told to wait and watch as the aspirations were inconclusive. But I was not comfortable with just waiting so we opted to remove the tumor. The biopsy of this removed tumor found cancer. So this is another

…visited another emergency hospital and Oncologist where a biopsy, aspirations, and x-rays were completed. The biopsy and aspirations came back as inconclusive, and the x-rays did not show any signs of fractures. Frustrated and concerned, we opted for a second opinion and here we CT down and

…painful disease, and dogs can be very stoic.  They hide their pain so that they aren't targets and become prey.  Once we got better x-rays, an inconclusive biopsy and even more x-rays, we could see that the tumor was actually eating away at the bone.  It was only a matter of time before that bone would

…...I completely understand this frustration.  Our pup Wendel started limping in January 2017 and had several inconclusive biopsies prior to his amputation last August.  Even after the amputation the pathology report was vague.  Basically the report read that the sample

20 July 2018 9:54 pm
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…the path reports are, don't lose sight of his victory. That's wonderful news!

I can tell you that you aren't the first that has come here with an inconclusive pathology report. I know your frustration must be so difficult. We want our vets to have all the answers and when they do not, it's like "What the…

…heck?!" So let me ask you this, how does the inconclusive report affect the treatment plan? Is there one yet? I'm assuming that you want to treat the cancer with chemo, correct?

From what I understand…

…there are many reasons why a pathology report can be inconclusive. Poor sample quality is usually the biggest culprit. Did you ask your vet if there is any way they can have another lab look at it? Oftentimes

20 July 2018 8:26 pm
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…a champ and has adjusted to life as a tripawd incredibly well.

Our vet sent the tumor off for pathology and when the results came in they were inconclusive. They said it could be a poorly performing osteosarcoma or a soft tissue sarcoma which actually developed inside the bone. They were leaning…

…results confirmed it was a sarcoma. Bentley had surgery to remove the lymph node and we got the results this evening. 

Again the report was inconclusive. The report indicated the lymph node was not cancerous but again stated it could be a poorly performing osteosarcoma or a soft tissue sarcoma.…

… Again they were leaning towards STS.

Has anyone else experienced this? I guess I'm not understanding how the results can still be inconclusive after multiple samples were sent in. 


Lisa & Bentley 

20 July 2018 6:29 pm
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His opinion is there is virtually no chance of a positive biopsy now because he has had treatment so he thinks a biopsy at this stage will be inconclusive.

He said he does not understand why a positive identification of osteosarcoma via xray is not accepted because as long as it is sufficiently

19 June 2018 5:55 am
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…cysts online since and sure enough it kinda looks like a hybrid of the two.  

Oncologist did a needle biopsy (13 slides).  Results came back inconclusive.  No obvious tumor cells, but did see cartilaginous cells, which is odd.  

They're kinda ruling out osteosarcoma as they normally see tons of

… We noticed a smallish lump on her knee less than a month ago.  Regular vet sent us to oncologist - who took x-rays, and needle biopsy.  Somewhat inconclusive results, but leaning towards tumor of some sort (most likely cancerous). Because it is basically over her patella, there is no good way to just

29 May 2018 9:23 pm
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…it.  It also took about 3 weeks just to get the biopsy results back for the final diagnosis (he had had a biopsy prior to surgery, but it came back inconclusive).  Murphy had 6 doses of CCNU, 3 weeks apart.  He had to have a CBC (blood work) the week of his chemo & the week after.  He also took

10 March 2018 2:22 pm
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…cat, so due to the fact that his toe pads were also black, we couldn't see anything going on. We did an X-ray of his paw and it came back with an inconclusive mass in his toe, but definitely not an infection...

We figured that the next best route would be to amputate that toe and get a definitive

…biopsies are painful and very often come back inconclusive.

Apart from the obvious waste of time (osteo progresses very, very fast so one wants to act quickly) osteosarcoma can be easily identified, in

29 November 2017 3:02 am
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…mix) is a new amputee due to a bone tumor in her front right wrist found two weeks ago. The pathology isn't back yet (needle aspirated was inconclusive), but we had two pathologists, two vets and one radiologist say it's 95%+ chance it's osteosarcoma. She's only 3 1/2. Luckily she's a spunky

25 November 2017 11:24 pm
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…made the best decision you could with the facts you had.  We can't know what we don't know.  Many times a biopsy will come back inconclusive so even had you had one you still may not have known.  As others have said that leg may have needed to come off in any event.  Hopefully you can

… With Maggie's type of cancer it was relatively easy to determine that it was mast cell, but many times here we see dogs who's FNA's or biopsies were inconclusive.  Sometimes amputation is the choice no matter what the details of the cancer or other issue.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

22 May 2017 10:50 am
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And, finally, although for many cancers, aspiration/biopsy is a risk in that cells can (ostensibly) spread, and that often the biopsies are inconclusive, sometimes it is simply worth the risk IF you have to live in AnxietyWorld. Which is a hard place NOT to live in after a diagnosis of cancer!!!

25 January 2017 2:09 am
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