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Do we have surgery for 2nd occurance of mast cell tumor?
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Do we have surgery for 2nd occurance of mast cell tumor?

Our 10 year old lab presented with an ulcerated mast cell tumor last halloween. Took him to emergenc vet and then to regular vet following monday. He had the tumor surgicaly removed and it came back as stage II. So this Sunday suddenly a new tumor prsented itself and then ulcerated later that night.It is almost in the same location. Another trip to the vet and we are not sure of the right course of action. Should we have this one removed also? He had problems recovering the last time and I should mention he also has a lump on his groin about the size of a lime. This appeared in Jan and our vet said not to bother with it because the location did not lend it to being removed. He said at that time the best thing was to make our beloved boy comfortable. We are heartstricken not knowing the right thing to do. Help!
Type of Animal
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dog
Age of Animal
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10
Sex of Animal
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Male
Breed of Animal
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Lab
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
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October 25, 2010
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It sounds like the mast cell tumor recurred in about the same location 11 months later. If this is the case surgical removal with clean, wide margins and a biopsy would be my recommendation.

Your dogs groin mass can be diagnosed with a biopsy but generally mast cell tumors are local and do not invade internal organs so it is likely that the groin mass is not a mast cell tumor.
An anti-cancer diet and vitamin supplements to boost your dogs internal immunity warrant consideration to help prevent future recurrences.

Neoplasene is also valid to discuss with your veterinarian.

Dr Carol Osborne, DVM
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