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Old 11-10-2016, 08:55 PM
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Anyone have experience with Mast Cell Tumors?

I have a two year old pit mix that recently had a grade 2 MCT removed off of his side, luckily it had a mitotic index of 2 meaning it wasn't aggressive and it had clean margins when it was removed. Our vet said nothing else needs to be done but that we need to be aware of possible future bumps, and that maybe a regimen of Benadryl could help keep inflammation down and maybe prevent or prolong them in the future. Does any one have any experience in preventing these MCTs? Any advice would be very helpful! I'm very fearful of him getting more and want to do my best to prevebt them.
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What should be done about a grade II mast cell tumor depends a lot upon what specialist you talk to... most, in my experience, recommend abdominal ultrasounds and some periodic blood work, a few recommend 6 months of prednisolone, and a small number will say just watch, but the worst I have seen with grade II mast cell tumors is recurrence elsewhere (usually dermally). Grade IIs seem to be by the most commonly diagnosed skin Mast cell tumors, with grades I and III being pretty rare.
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