November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Little did I know, going into this month, that we’d be facing this diagnosis with Hemingway, our Beagle boy.
Post # 1
On October 23, I noticed a lump in the interior of his right thigh. No ulceration, no pain. Just a hard lump. We took him to the vet on the 26th. We had a fine needle aspiration done. That came back inconclusive. There was some fatty cells and a possible spindle cell. We took a short, wait and see approach but then it got larger. We returned to the vet on November 13th. With a larger needle, 3 more aspirations were taken as well as a Xray.
The xray showed a well defined mass (unlikely to be a cyst or a granuloma). The lump is between muscles and is about 6.7×7.9 cm (LH).
I received a call on Thursday, November 16th about 12:00 pm with the cytology reports. The mass is consistent with fibrosarcoma/ soft tissue sarcoma. I spent the rest of my afternoon trying to find an oncologist/surgeon to get him in right away.
I was finally able to get an appointment with Sage Specialty and Emergency Services in Concord for a consultation appointment on Nov 28.
This is where we are at. This is hard. For those of you with “pets”, you know they aren’t just “pets”, they are family. Hemingway helped me through this last year of mental health illness. Whatever it takes, I’ll do.
lump on leg…