bc friend Posted June 26, 2007 Report Share Posted June 26, 2007 I would be interested in anyone's experience w/spleen tumors. During her semi-annual exam today, my vet found Sara's spleen was enlarged. X-rays showed an enlarged spleen w/a mass between the spleen and liver. My vet is 90% sure it is a spleen tumor. Sara is almost 15 yo and during the exam, my vet was commenting on how healthy she is - no cataracts, stable weight, good appetite, shiny and full coat, no skin or ear or mouth infections, has all of her teeth, etc. Geriatric bloodwook performed 3 mos ago was perfectly normal. So the enlarged spleen was a big shock. My vet has been upfront that surgery is risky but w/o it, Sara's spleen will likely rupture. She advised that hemangiosarcoma (HSA) was the mostly likely tumor of the spleen although it could be something else. Given our currently knowledge, my vet believes even if it is HSA, we can buy Sara some quality time by removing the spleen. Interestingly, one of my vet's bc's had the same surgery last summer for an enlarged spleen - a large benign mass was found and the dog has fully recovered. So my vet is trying to be realistic w/me while still being hopeful. Until we know exactly what we are dealing with, my vet is reluctant to discuss chemo, radiation, or other options. My vet took blood for new profiles to see if there is any liver changes, etc. and we will get the results Thurs. Sara's exploratory surgery is scheduled for Monday. I know she is an old dog and I am trying to be realistic about her chances but if she has a chance for a longer quality life, I have to take it. Thanks for any info you can provide. (I have done a search on spleen tumors and read the previous posts). Prayers and good thoughts would also be appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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