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Palliative care for mast cell tumor in neck?
04-10-2017, 04:36 PM,
Palliative care for mast cell tumor in neck?
I have an almost nine-year-old Boston terrier named Zoe who has a mast cell tumor in her neck.

When she went in for surgery about 10 weeks ago, the vet determined that it was too dangerous to try to remove because of its proximity to an artery. It had grown quite a bit in the 10 days or so between an exam and the scheduled surgery

We are treating her now with steroid injections and with Benadryl and anti-heartburn meds, with the vet saying that she can go on like this as long as the tumor doesn't grow to block her swallowing. The tumor has fluctuated in size, and is now about 10-20 percent larger than the size it was after the swelling from her surgery subsided.

Even as bad as it looks in the picture, she has shown almost no signs of her swallowing being affected, aside from being a more picky eater—the consistency and type of food doesn't seem to matter, it's just that something she eats today, she'll ignore tomorrow. 

Zoe's mood, personality, and energy is pretty good, but she does show intermittent fatigue, but not for long periods.

She's had a couple of mast cell tumors on her mouth in the past, and I'm not sure it's wise or practical to try chemo or radiation at this point—I just want to make her as comfortable as possible for as long as I can.

I'd love to hear any ideas or about other possible ways to treat her condition and care for her—what about essential oils? Any other types of medicinal or dietary approaches that might keep the tumor from growing? 

Anything else anyone would like to mention, I'd be very grateful.

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Palliative care for mast cell tumor in neck? - by aaronkeith - 04-10-2017, 04:36 PM

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