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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Maggie Is Home!

Maggie is very sore, but I know she is happy to be home.  Poor girl, she has an incision on her belly that is about 6 inches long, and was sent home with some strong pain killers.  

We met with the surgeon today and he was wonderful!  He spent a lot of time speaking to us about the surgery (he even drew diagrams on a white board) and talking about Mast Cell Cancer in general.  He is fairly confident that he got clean margins as he removed lots of tissue from around the mass.  He also removed a lymph node that was in the area.  The tissue and the lymph node were sent off to the pathologist for analysis.  If the margins are clean and the lymph node tests negative for cancer cells, that will end the treatment.  If the margins are not clean, that will mean more surgery or possibly radiation.  If the lymph node comes back positive for cancer cells, then we would need to discuss the option of chemo.  The surgeon seemed very positive that the results will be good, but made us aware of every outcome that could happen.  He also made sure to tell us that about 15% of dogs that have a Mast Cell Tumor will get them again.  It will be important that Maggie be checked frequently for any new lumps.

We should know the new pathology results by early next week.


  1. YAY! I'm glad all went home and that Maggie is home safe and sound. Give her a big hug for me, I can't wait to give her one myself!!

  2. I am glad she is home!!!! What a relief. Bug hugs to you and to Maggie!!!

  3. Good to hear that Maggie is back home where she feels safe and secure with her good buddies.
    Thinking of you and with positive thoughts,

  4. I hope the tests come back negative and treatment is done. Good luck!



    Glad to hear that Maggie is home and on the mend! Poor baby, she must be so uncomfortable.

    She will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We just know that the results are going to come back great!

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie and Lucie

  6. I'm so relieved to hear that everything went well. I still have my fingers crossed for you!

  7. So happy that Maggie is home and doing well! Fingers crossed for good test results.