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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tumor - Remove or Not Remove?

My cat is 10 years old now. About a month or so ago, I noticed that he had some lumps on his side. They are hard and bumpy, but they don't seem to cause him discomfort if you mess with them. The vet said that it was most likely cancer and that I could have them removed if I wanted. I realize that he will have cancer either way, but I was wondering if there would be any benefit to having it removed. The largest one is down by his hind leg, so his leg has to brush past it when he walks. I guess my only concern would be if the tumor grew larger that it would interfere with him walking right. Would it be a good idea to have it removed? Or just leave it since he's still going to have cancer anyway?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 10:47 PM
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I had a cat with 3 cancerous lumps on her head. They were removed and she was cancer free 3 years later when I lost to to something else. Can the vet do a needle biopsy to confirm whether it is cancer and what type (some are more aggressive than others)? With that info, you would have a better idea of the prognosis which would help you make the decision about the surgery. Good luck....


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The vet never suggested doing a needle biopsy. He just said it would cost $100 to have the tumors removed and, if I wanted, $40 to have them shipped to a lab to be tested.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 11:39 PM
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I was suggesting the needle biopsy because I thought it would be the least costly thing to do, thinking the surgery would be more in the $300-500 range. I don't know what your financial situation is, but for $140 I would certainly go ahead and get them removed and tested. How big are these bumps? If they're relatively small, getting them removed might gain you years. And you never know, they could be benign....


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Re: Tumor - Remove or Not Remove?

The largest one is like the size of a ping pong ball, maybe a little smaller. The reason is sounds so cheap is because the vet I go to doesn't have a lot of overhead cost. He shares this little office space with one other doctor. They are a small operation that tries to keep their costs down. One of the ways they do this is by not accepting credit cards. They probably aren't good for conditions that need the attention of a specialist, but they are great to go to for everyday health care for your pets. The $140 doesn't really concern me all that much, I would gladly pay it if I thought it would make things better for my cat. The vet seemed to think he could live a long time yet regardless of what I did or did not do about his tumors.
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