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post #21 of 121 (permalink) Old 02-09-2009, 11:01 PM
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I just went through a scare like that with my 9 1/2 year old. Found a lump...and immediately...that day...they did a needle aspirate. The needle aspirate said it was hemangiosarcoma. I was devastated! I was referred to a specialist (surgeon) for immediate removal and biopsy. The biopsy revealed it was benign.

I would get a second opinion...

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here is our story...

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...e=1#Post915055 (a)

Swilber - start a new thread of your own...so that you will get more attention.


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Swilber, could it be a vaccine reaction? I know in cats sometimes a growth will form where they vaccinate. Did he get one between his shoulders?

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Osteosarcoma seems like a very weird diagnosis for a skin lump. And the fact that it increases and decreases in size is weird too. If it was a tumor, I'd be thinking something more like one of the histamine related ones.


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Re: Cancer and Dogs

My dog had a vaccine reaction in that spot exactly. It was abscess and eventually burst.

A vet can't diagnose cancer by looking at something, btw. Did your vet aspirate the lump?

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I too had a dog who was misdiagnosed by a specialist by saying the tumor was cancerous -- without anything other than a visual inspection. It had already been removed by a veterinary teaching hospital once, so I took her back there after this visit. It was removed by the them for less than $300 and confirmed NON malignant. The specialist quoted me $4,100. Definitely get a second opinion!

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While I am sure there are many others, some of the top factors as identified in medical literature that are highly thought to influence the risk of getting cancer:

Aging

As we age, the risk of cellular mutation increases

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation promotes mutations & inhibits normal cellular responses to damaged DNA

Infections (bacterial & viral etc)

Thought to be related to inflammation & repeat antigen (foreign substances introduced into the body) stimulation

Family Genetics

Inheritance of cancer causing genes

Environmental Factors

EG Carcinogens (cancer causing substances such as chemicals etc) & lifestyle choices (poor diet, diet high in refined products etc)
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Re: Cancer and Dogs

If a dog has an undiagnosed Hemangiosarcoma, will it show in bloodwork?

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Re: Cancer and Dogs

To address one of the thoughts on the first page of this (re: how recent cancer is in the history of the world), I recently read an article discussing a cancerous tumor found in the remains of a dinosaur. So, while cancer appears to be 'nothing new,' I do think there's been a large increase in it's appearances lately. Though, I suppose there is no way of proving that.


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