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Senci added to Sponsored Dogs

December 4th, 2011 · 9 Comments



UPDATE 12-4-2011—

I want to write about my dog Senci. I just found out that she had cancer. Her cancer is called Peripheral Nerve Sheath Cancer.

One day, me and my mother noticed a lump on Senci’s side. At first we figured it was just a fatty cyst, because black labs are known for getting them. As time progressed, her lump got bigger and bigger. We still thought it was just a benign fatty cyst. We wanted to get the lump removed, so we had it removed. It costs us $500 dollars, which took us forever to save for. All seemed back to normal. Then we got the phone call. It was our veterinarian, Dr. Simmons. He told us the news that Senci’s lump was actually cancer, called Peripheral Nerve Sheath Cancer.

You never think that someone you love would get cancer, especially your dog. But my baby girl has it. And to completely get rid of it through radiation treatments, (which is her best option) will cost us $6,000 dollars. We don’t have that kind of money, and me and my mother struggle enough as it is. I don’t know what we are going to do. I’ve been looking at sites on the internet that give funds to people who can’t pay for their dogs cancer treatments, but they only give you so much money. My mother has sold all of her jewelery, even the jewels that has been passed down to her. I’d sell my soul if it meant I could keep my little baby alive and healthy. She’s the best dog anyone could ever ask for. She’s full of life and loves to play and at times I swear shes laughing. She’s an angel. And I can’t even save her.

Thank you,
— Karen

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Senci’s treatments. Please help Senci receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Senci will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Senci’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Tags: Nerve Sheath Tumor

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Stefani // Jan 7, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Hi Karen,
    My Papillon Lucy was diagnosed with a nerve sheath tumor in the beginning of October, she is 9 years old. We spent a lot of money on the diagnosis as she had to have an MRI

  • 2 Stefani // Jan 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Hi Karen,
    My Papillon Lucy was diagnosed with a nerve sheath tumor in the beginning of October, she is 9 years old. After an MRI and a biopsy the neurologist was unable to guarantee that if we decided to to surgery that he would be able to remove it all as it runs along her spine and there is a mass underneath her armpit which has grown significantly since diagnosis. We decided not to put her through the surgery or any painful treatments for us it is a matter of quality over quantity. It is a very hard decision. She is still with us and we are managing pain issues but know that her time now is very limited. I know how you are feeling just love Senci up and spoil her rotten. Good Luck and hang in there.

  • 3 Jean Friend // Mar 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Karen,

    One of my pups, Skye our 13 year old husky was diagnosed with a nerve sheath tumor on her right hind leg. After her third surgery last year, we met with an oncologist at the teaching hospital of Texas A&M. They said that this type of tumor does not respond well to radiation and their recommendation was to have Skye adapt to the tumor. They said that this type of tumor does grow but they have not seen it spread. May will be a year since her last surgery and Skye is starting to have a bit of trouble lifting her leg but does still manage to walk and be happy, she still goes on short walk around the neighborhood. Their final recommendation was amputation once her leg becomes un-usable. We will be taking her back to A&M for a check up with her oncologist and cardiologist. It is very hard to see our loved little ones struggle. Our hearts are with you, hang in there. Pups are very sensitive and always seem to handle things, even rough ones, much better than we do. Love your pup everyday and shower her with lot’s of love.

  • 4 Nita // Sep 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I just wanna say my girl Kiwi who is a German Shorthair was diagnosed with the MPNST as well she had it on her side it grew to the size of a football before we had it removed in June 2013 it cost us over 800.00 it’s now Sept 2013 and she has 3 growing the largest being the size of a small canteloup and the smallest being the size of a golf ball. We to we’re offered radiation and chemo but after we researched everything it really doesn’t seem that it would be worth putting her through. The vet said she probably doesn’t have long due to it being next to her ribs and going towards her back. We are at a loss of what to do :(

  • 5 Eve // Oct 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Last week, Brandy had surgery to remove 5 masses. Dr told me she wasn’t concerned about 4/5 masses but 1 didn’t look so good. She sent it out to be checked, today the results came back. Brandy was diagnosed with Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor. After reading on it, I’m not sure what to think exactly but we have an appt with the Oncologist on Monday to get their opinion. I’m trying to read as much as I can on this to see what options there may be. But ultimately, it looks like what I already knew- to enjoy every minute I have with her. Thank you all for posting about your baby. I’m so sorry for all that you went through or are going through.

  • 6 Synthia // Nov 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I had noticed a large sized lump (seemed like it appeared overnight) on the left side of my dog Pebbles. We took her straight to the vet they drained what little fluid came out and had it sent to Pathology. The cells came back and a biopsy was recommended as it showed cancer. Since she was already scheduled to have her teeth cleaned in a week we decided to have the mass removed at that time while she would already be under anesthesia to same money. During the examination prior to going back for the cleaning and surgery another lump was found on her left shoulder. I told them take it out and send that one in too. My poor girl looked like frankenstein when she came home from all of her stitches. The shoulder one ended up just being a cyst. The other one they said was massive and attached inside to quite a bit. That one came back as a peripheral nerve sheath tumor (malignant). Pathologist stated that it is not spreadable and that all of the tissue surrounding the mass was healthy meaning the vet got it all out. It could return and when it does it will return to the same area. I was advised to always watch that same area for any bumps and to bring her back right away.

    My heart breaks for all of you who are going through what you are.

  • 7 Kathy // Feb 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    We too have been introduced to the world of peripheral nerve sheath tumors. :(. Our 9 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Winston, was recently diagnosed with it through a needle sampling first, then removal of a 2 X 3 ” mass from his right hind leg, near his knee. The only thing that cued me into something wasn’t right was that his fur was laying in a “swirl” pattern on his leg, so I investigated and I felt a lump. My heart sank. He is recovering well from the surgery ($800 later as we also had his teeth cleaned while he was under for the tumor removal) but 2 days after his suture removal, he developed a soft, fluid filled sack around the bottom edge of his incision. We took him to have it looked at, and the vet put him back on antibiotics and said he has a seroma – a fluid filled area that the body naturally fills with fluid as she said “the body does not like empty spaces, so it fills them with fluid.”. It shall pass, heal up, we just need to keep him quiet – yeah, right :) – and keep an eye on it. Hopefully this does not return; he is so full of life and is the life of our home, with our 2 cats and 3 kid’s, aged 9, 6 and 3. We had a at that died from stomach cancer about 2 years ago, never thought another pet would have cancer as well.

  • 8 Sherry // Feb 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I found out today that my 7 year old Jack Russell / Beagle (Odin) has been diagonosed with having a nerve sheath tumor. The tumor was removed 4 days ago, and the pathology report came back today. The tumor was on his back leg close to his paw. The tumor came out of nowhere and just kept getting bigger and bigger. I would say it was the size of an egg. We took Odin to the vet for removal and the tumor was so big there was not enough skin to close the wound. It is bandaged and will scar over eventually. I have no clue what to expect. They said it could return, which is devastating because i just spent $1700.00 and I have no more money if he needs more surgery …that was my tax return! Just hoping for the best because he is my baby!

  • 9 Alex // Feb 3, 2016 at 11:59 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. We don’t want to give up the fight yet.
    Thank you.

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