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Kelsey is a Survivor!

August 17th, 2009 · 5 Comments



UPDATE 8-17-09 —

On July 4, 2009, I found a baseball sized lump on my sweet Kelsey’s tail. I took Kelsey to the vet that next Monday and she felt that it was a seroma and drained some fluid out of it.  She didn’t see any strange cells and we proceeded to hope for it to go away.  Not even a week later on the 10th of July, it was bigger and we tried to drain it again.  This time, nothing would come out.  We scheduled an operation to drain and insert a drain tube in this mass and headed in for the operation.  When Dr. Teter got in there, she noted that this was a tumor and she sent out a biopsy (which I opted to have sent next day air because I couldn’t stand waiting for the results…I had a bad feeling).

Tuesday the 14th, we got the call.  It was a malignant nerve sheath tumor. I stopped breathing.  I cried.  I was angry.  I was scared.  We decided a chest x-ray was needed to see if there were any other masses on the lungs. This came back negative.

I got an appointment with a local surgeon, Dr. Johnson for a consultation to see if she could remove the mass.  She felt that Colorado State was our best option.  We made the long 9 hour drive to Colorado on the 7th of August and saw Dr. Ramesh Sivacolundhu.  He performed the surgery and, while Kelsey lost his tail, we got the call this past Saturday that the cancer is GONE!

Now we’ll go to the doctors every three months for follow ups and every six months for chest x-rays for the next two years.  A small price to pay to have the kisses and love of my sweet boy.

Cancer is a battle, but it can be won in some cases and throughout this, I’ve learned that it’s an ugly disease and has no concerns for how we feel about it.  BUT, we won and Kelsey is my sweet survivor!

Cody, Omaha, Nebraska

Tags: Nerve Sheath Tumor

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Holly // Sep 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    We are all so happy that the cancer is gone! Mom couldn’t have been happier to help you, since she did save your life from a horrible ending at that shelter. She will always be there for both you and your mom! You are one special sibe Kel!!


  • 2 Charlie // Sep 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Does anyone know how Kelsey is doing? My nearly 9 year old lab was possibly diagnosed with this type of cancer today in his right hind leg. We are scheduling an appointment with a surgeon but we looking for additional info before we proceed with any action. I am considering all possibilities although the main concern is if we go ahead with the sugery, how long is this going to extend his life and what will his quality of life be?

  • 3 Alex // Feb 3, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I have a 5 year old that was just diagnosed and unfortunately not given any other option besides amputation, which in his case would not work because he has severe arthritis in his limbs. I was wondering if you could recommend a doctor that could give us a second opinion. They were able to remove more than half of the tumor, and his chest xrays and blood work came back great so I think we have a little time to make some choices. Any help is very much appreciated.
    Thank you.

  • 4 Marilyn Durst // Mar 4, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    My precious 13 year old Lhasa Apso, Marley, had a nodule removed yesterday (03/03/2016) and sent off for pathology. My wonderful vet stated that it was well encapsulated with no “tendrils” nor appearance of attachment to other tissues (muscle, ligament or nerves.) This mass (approximately the size of a table grape) appeared on Sunday (02/28/2016) on the inside of his left front limb at the elbow. I know that it was not palpable on Saturday because he is in full coat and I brush and examine his skin thoroughly every day. It was during his Sunday bath that I discovered the mass. My vet said that it appears to be a nerve sheath tumor. Marley had a mast cell tumor removed approximately 3 years ago with wide margins. It was staged as grade 1 and, to date, there has been no recurrence. I welcome any information, insight or advice (including words of reassurance) regarding treatment and potential outcome.
    Thank you.

  • 5 Maria Salazar // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I have a 17 year old rat terrier. She has a hard growing mass on the right front limb. The vet results show cancer cell. He said amputation right away. He did not mention treatment , radiation, etc. Is there any other treatment possible?
    Thanks for the comments.

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