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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Got this from one of our SF Havanese families----
Nappie has had a tiny bump on the top of his head for a couple of
weeks. It almost disappeared but then grew larger again. I thought I
should have it checked out, so I took Nappie to the vet today. They
aspirated the bump and the doctor called me this evening to tell me
that it is a mast cell tumor and should be surgically removed.
Naturally, I have been all over the internet researching this...

Has anyone had any experience with a mast cell tumor? Do you think I
should take him to a cancer specialist?

Anyone have experience with this or have ideas.
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Sally,
I don't know anything about mast cell tumors, but if it were me, I'd definitely have a specialist look at it. General vets, like our general practitioners, don't always have the expertice to know how to best deal with things.

Best wishes to little Nappie!

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Got this from one of our SF Havanese families----
Nappie has had a tiny bump on the top of his head for a couple of
weeks. It almost disappeared but then grew larger again. I thought I
should have it checked out, so I took Nappie to the vet today. They
aspirated the bump and the doctor called me this evening to tell me
that it is a mast cell tumor and should be surgically removed.
Naturally, I have been all over the internet researching this...

Has anyone had any experience with a mast cell tumor? Do you think I
should take him to a cancer specialist?

Anyone have experience with this or have ideas.
Sally
Poor baby I didn't know anything about them so had to look it up on the web. This site seems pretty good: http://www.kateconnick.com/library/mastcelltumor.html

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Just bumping this up in case someone missed it before or has dealt with it.
Thanks Jan,Kara,Leslie and Kimberly!

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We had two golden retreivers Kandy and Sandy.

Our Kandy, golden retreiver had a Mast Cell tumor - but it was large on her shoulder and it had already spread to her lungs before we caught it. When I say large - I mean large like the size of two baseballs. We just thought it was fatty tissue.

It wouldn't hurt to have a specialist look at it and get a second opinion - most vets really don't mind for you to get a second opinion.

Has Nappie seemed fine otherwise?

One good sign you said it was small.

Please keep us posted.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 09:52 PM
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I am not familiar with this cancer particularly in dogs ( iam a human nurse), but the cancer needs to be staged--meaning has it spread to lymph nodes or other organs. Interviewing the vet to determine his plan of action will help determine if a specialist is needed at this time.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 10:25 PM
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You already have my answer via email, but I'll post it here in case other SF Bay Area Hav families ever need additional resources.

My e-mail to Sally said:
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Boy, I donít know who to see for something like that. Iíd recommend calling a group in San Leandro, but I canít think of their exact name. It is something like ďBay Area Veterinary Specialists.Ē They seem to have a specialist for everything. If you donít get anywhere with them, Iíd call directly to U.C. Davis and see if they have any recommendations. They may even see the dog directly
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 10:34 PM
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Sally- There's also a good group of veterinary specialists called Veterinary Medical Specialists with offices in Concord, San Mateo, and Campbell. I took my previous Havanese to the one in Concord for her liver disease. I know they have several oncologists on staff.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 10:47 PM
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Jeanne, that's good to know! I think the group in San Leandro sticks to a few other specialities, including allergies. I need to call them again to get their areas of expertise. Between the two groups, I hope one of them can help Sally's friend.
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mast cell tumors are not good, the ones I have delt with but like Marie said, we normall caught them after they had already spread...have you taken pictures of his lungs? They should take three, one on each side and one on his back. Have his lymph nodes started getting bigger? I would take him to a specialist asap. They can do chemo on dogs and sometimes they will even do radiation. It is worth a shot if it has not spread. Good Luck and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
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