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Maltese with mast cell: will chemo work?
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I have a Maltese with mast cell on his shoulder and I was upset when he wasn’t a surgical candidate initially, but after radiation he got a thoracic amputation. The nodes are out as well as scapula. We know there will dirty margins, but I think chemo will work better now that the tumor is out. Anyone had this experience? 

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19 February 2018 - 10:44 am
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Hi Atticus, welcome. How's your Maltese (what's his name? Atticus?) getting around now that he's had the amputation? I hope he's doing well!

What does your oncologist think about chemo for him?

I don't have direct experience in this area but according to Dr. Sue in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide (a must read), whether or not an oncologist recommends radiation and chemo really depends on the grade of the MCT. Do you know what the grade was for your dog?  And was the use of Palladia mentioned? 

You may want to give this Tripawd Talk Radio episode a listen:

Mast Cell Cancer Basics for Tripawds with Dr. Hohenhaus

and this Morris Animal Foundation webinar:

Mast Cell Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis for Dogs and Cats

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19 February 2018 - 3:33 pm
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Hello and welcome.

My pug Maggie lost her left rear leg to a mast cell tumor, it was her second MCT.  Although pre-surgery tests showed no apparent spread after her amputation the lymph node in her removed leg showed lots of cancerous MCTs.  Because of that her prognosis was down graded to 6 to 9 months with chemo.

Maggie lived almost 4 years after her amp and did not pass from mast cell cancer.  You can read her story and about her amp and chemo, the links are in my signature below.

Honestly we were very lucky that Maggie survived so long, but what it shows is that there are dogs that beat the odds!

In general the preferred option with mast cell cancer is tumor removal so it's good that it is gone. To echo Jerry- do you know the grade of the tumor?  Do you know the mitotic index? It's good that the radiation shrunk the tumor enough to allow for surgery. Were the lymph nodes clean or do you have that info back yet?

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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