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I realize this thread is old, but my Jake was just diagnosed with an anal gland carcinoma two weeks ago. 20mm, so not huge, but not tiny either. We just had our first appointment with the oncologist and she said the tumor was pliable and easily movable, so it hadn't attached to any muscle tissue (a good thing). There were also no signs of any spread, not even to the local lymph nodes. She recommended surgery, which we are having done in the next couple of weeks. We definitely do not want to do any radiation or chemotherapy, but if the biopsy shows that the cells are aggressive, we might consider immunotherapy like Palladia. We're also seeing a holistic vet and plan to put him on whatever diet and supplements she recommends.

Good luck with your journey and keep us posted!

Jeff

Check out post 23 here for the good update from Val
https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/golden-retriever-health-anatomy-physiology-breed-standard/511054-apocrine-anal-sac-adrenal-carcinoma-3.html
 

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What I thought was hot spot turned out to be an anal adrenal carcinoma...they recommend surgery 3mm...Allies is 38mm (ping pong ball)...prognosis horrible...metatisizes to lymph nodes, then lungs...surgery with radation and chemo still has 50% occurrence, with incontinence from surgery. Only 2-17% of cancers are this, usually seen in small dogs or dogs 10+ years of age. She is only 5.5...I can tell she is breathless upon exercise...prognosis is 2 months from diagnosis....Don't know why it wasn't caught sooner by vet or groomers...so much for expressing anal glands!. So we will go to dog park, eat pupucchinos for as long as possible...this is my 7th golden with cancer...Hope Morris Foundation in Fort Collins continues to make great strides for goldens :(
My experience with 99% in the vet industry is a very poor annual wellness exam. There is no full exam but just a quick look and some bloodwork. The vet pops the side of the mouth open but doesn't open the mouth and look inside or may thumb through the coat to look for fleas but doesn't actually feel the dog's lymph nodes...and so on it goes. I have learned to go over my dogs and cats thoroughly and if there is a recurring problem then I take that pet to a vet or specialist. I have one regular vet that I really trust and she is so good that it can be a few weeks out to get an appointment. My lesson learned from past experience is to go over your pet's body with your fingers not assuming that lump or sore is nothing.
 
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