Originally Posted by hubbub
I can't believe I missed the original thread, but I'm so very sorry for this news. I can unfortunately say that I've been in similar situations over the last few years and completely understand your emotions. Once the FNA showed malignancy, but the mass was benign and another where the FNA showed benign tumor, but the histology revealed a malignant tumor. The first time it happened I was so overwhelmed with anger and sadness. I didn't know if I wanted to fight with someone or fall into a heap and cry.
I was told that for us, unfortunately, the definitive results were from the histology. The FNA, even with multiple draws, could possibly miss cancerous cells or pull cells that appear unusual, but until histology is complete it's a "best guess" situation.
She also had a suspected melanoma removed from her side. At the time, I kept asking the oncologist how she would get melanoma on her side, under all that hair, as an inside dog. He told me that melanomas come up all over the place and it wasn't unusual for it to be in a less traditional location.
I agree with your vet's recommendation to make an appt with the oncologist. We sending thoughts and prayers of strength, patience and resolve to you and your lovely girl.
been through exactly the same devastating roller coaster.
I am sorry for you, too.
I know when they did the FNA, there was the caveat that it is preliminary. But my vet felt very confident - she specifically told me she took lots of samples because the mass was so large and there were two smaller masses attached to it. It's just SO different. I read through both reports yesterday, and googled what I didn't understand (all the terminology around the description of the cells, for example) and it was just like they were looking at two different masses.
But, the small hard lump on her back WAS grade one cancer. And the histology suggests the big mass under her leg and that small back tumour are related. I think was is hurting me most right now is knowing that they didn't get clean margins on the big one because it was supposedly benign. And so she still has cancer in her, and she needs to undergo another surgery. Your reaction was exactly mine - I didn't know whether to be angry or just fall into a heap and cry. But I've just been crying. All while constantly telling Tesia softly in her ear that she is going to be just fine. She is a strong girl, and she will be fine. I need to believe that with all my heart.