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Hello all,

Last year we rescued an 8 year old amputee due to hemangiosarcoma. He has been fine all year long but yesterday the vet saw some small bumps and skin discoloration around his anal area to the left side where his leg was amputated. She thinks the cancer is back. I was so overwhelmed by what she said-I had brought him in for an ear infection....that I didn't ask her if there was any way to prove it. She just wants to do surgery right away. Isn't there a way to do a biopsy first? She seemed pretty convinced its the cancer and I just hope she is over reacting and it's something else benign. I'm sure before his leg was amputated someone did a biopsy??????? Anyone with any experience here?

I am so sad and my stomach just tightens up and does flip flops when I think about it. His birthday was 2 days ago and we were so happy and celebrating his health.

I don't know if I should look for a specialist somewhere or what.....

Why do these things have to happen before the holidays?

thanks everyone-please pray for Rusty-used to be Max until we found out his name had always been Rusty.

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I would talk to your vet about your concerns. If she doesn't cooperate, I'd get a second opinion whether at a vet school or another specialist.
Good Luck.. please let us know.
 

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I agree that a second opinion would be wise, but would also not wait. With that ugly disease, time is of the essence. Prayers coming from our house that it is not something serious. Big hugs to Rusty and you. Please keep us posted.
 

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I see you're in the Chicago area? I just did a quick Google search and this place got high marks for its services (state of the art, knowledge, etc.--but sometimes, like anything else, you get what you pay for, and comments were that it was on the pricey-side, but worth the extra costs--might be worthwhile for a second opinion, but I agree, with hemanio, time is of the essence).

http://www.vetspecialty.com/index2.htm

Good luck to you; I lost my sweet golden nearly 2 years ago to hemangio of the heart--she gave me a great month after treatment--I put one CD leg on her, with a First Place (!!!) still brings tears to my eyes sometimes. Hugs to your golden from me.
 

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Thank you all and thank you rappwizard for the link. I have heard of them and will give them a call. I am sorry about your loss of your golden. Do you have goldens now?
 

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Well, I know she said hemangiosarcoma because that is what he had last year. He had it in his left rear leg around the knee area. They amputated the entire leg. We have done periodic ultrasounds and x rays to look at his heart and spleen for any recurrence and so far he has been fine. I hadn't even noticed that the left side of his rear end was lumpy, sort of puffy and swollen and some black circle in one spot. I have also heard of anal sac adenocarcinoma but she didn't mention that.
 

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I second what Tippykayak wrote, and I was scrolling down to write the same thing. I would ask lots of questions to clarify both what the original cancer was, and any noninvasive tests they can do to see the extent of any problem you have now.
 

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I know that the place mentioned doesnt have an onocologist on staff there but would they be able to recommend one to you. Most onocologists want a referral so maybe they can see you and recommend on where you should go. Could they do a biopsy for you?
 

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I know that the place mentioned doesn't have an onocologist on staff there but would they be able to recommend one to you. Most onocologists want a referral so maybe they can see you and recommend on where you should go. Could they do a biopsy for you?

This was my thought also....could they do the biopsy for you? That would certainly speed the process wherever he ends up being treated, if it turns out to be anything serious. Please keep us updated, because I agree, that right now time is so critical, to find out just what it is you are dealing with for sure. Hopefully, the results could be back very soon with a firm diagnosis.
Sending positive thoughts and prayers to Rusty and to you as well. I well understand how you are feeling right now....we are all here for you!
 

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I can speak from experience the folks at Buffalo Grove are great people and will do everything possible to help you. This is where we took Kelby.

Sending good thoughts for Rusty.
 

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I know that the place mentioned doesn't have an onocologist on staff there but would they be able to recommend one to you. Most onocologists want a referral so maybe they can see you and recommend on where you should go. Could they do a biopsy for you?


This was my thought also....could they do the biopsy for you? That would certainly speed the process wherever he ends up being treated, if it turns out to be anything serious. Please keep us updated, because I agree, that right now time is so critical, to find out just what it is you are dealing with for sure. Hopefully, the results could be back very soon with a firm diagnosis.
Sending positive thoughts and prayers to Rusty and to you as well. I well understand how you are feeling right now....we are all here for you!

Thanks everyone:) My vet said there is no point in doing a biopsy without doing the complete surgery to remove it at the same time. Makes sense in a way-they can't do a biopsy without putting him under. So then they would only have to put him under once. He is 9 years old just this past wednesday.

I'm sure it will be more expensive to see an Oncologist but I would also feel better having him in someones hands who does this type of surgery often.

I just hate waiting......Ugh!
 

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Good idea Tahnee-I think they were up north closer to Wisconsin...I could probably find out.

thanks for the links!
 

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Sending all pawsitive thoughts for your Rusty. I hope you quickly find a good oncologist who will know the latest and greatest treatment for your boy.
 

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It sounds as if you may be dealing with cutaneous or dermal hemangio. Most of us don't get that lucky. The good news is that when cutaneous hemangio is caught early, there is a high success rate with surgery alone. If only the upper layer of skin is involved the prognosis is excellent. Hemangio is a very aggressive very scary cancer, but of the three types of hemangio that you can experience, cutaneous gives you very good chances of survival.

I hope this turns out to be the case for you and your Rusty and I hope this makes you breath a little easier over the next few days. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this.
 

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His last hemangiosarcoma was subcutaneous in his left rear leg-I think in the knee area. We adopted him shortly after the amputation.

I have decided to get a second opinion at the vets office we normally go to and then also an opinion from an oncologist at Arboretumview in Downers Grove. It's a little bit closer for us and I was able to get an appt. tomorrow.

The original vet says surgery to remove and biopsy at the same time. I just don't understand why they can't do a biopsy before doing extensive surgery in that area.

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