Two weeks ago my Chandra, a 7-years-old German Shepherd, went through a surgery to remove a black oval lump between the two digits of her left paw. The surgery went well and we sent the champ of the nodule for further examination. Today we received the result of her histological test... NO GOOD NEWS... :-(
The diagnosis is dermal melanoma, moderately differentiated, and infiltrating... The prognosis is highly restricted... She, however, despite her test result, seems to be in excellent shape and she has never had serious problems in her entire health history.
My boyfriend brought her to live with us in May after his divorce and the black lump had been there for almost one-year-and-half (Chandra used to live with his ex-wife; it is a whole long story). I have no idea why for heaven's sake they did not bring her to the vet before the lump grew into the size of half ping-pong ball...
I find it difficult to digest, the professor claims that the surgery will perhaps involve amputation of her two digits (we schedule the X-Ray on next Monday to check her lungs and lymph nodes).
I would be very grateful if there were someone here who would kindly share his/her experience with dermal melanoma...