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Old 11-25-2016, 12:53 PM
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Possible Lymphoma

So I've posted intermittently on here before. I have a lab who is 6-8 years old (he was a rescue so no exact age). He had seizures that were never frequent enough to warrant medication, imho, but were slowly getting severe. Well fast forward to talking with a couple of old farm vets that we use for basic care and a change of food to a no grain/corn/fruit/dye dog food, careful vaccination schedule and he's been seizure free for 1 year!

However we noticed yesterday that he has a lump almost directly on his axillary lymph node (under his armpit for those who don't know technical terms). It's just on one side and rather small (about half a golf ball and not anchored in). Our other dog did have a bad habit of trying to 'nurse' on him there so I'm hoping it's a hematoma or something due to that but with the lymph node right there I'm fearful it's a tumor.

He's going to the animal hospital tomorrow for diagnostic work and I'm a wreck. Of course aside from this slight lump he's his normal happy, active self and even got into the trash can last night to try and scavenge thanksgiving leftovers. This dog is the sweetest dog I've ever met and he's always been our 'rock' when we're sad.

So I could use any well wishes or any good tales of having a lump that close to a lymph node that didn't turn out to be malignant or cancerous. I'm not getting my hopes up because I know in horses when there's a lump that close 8/10 times it's cancer, but I could really use some form of hope right about now.
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Old 11-27-2016, 02:58 PM
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common place to get lumps... mostly lipomas. Would be a rare thing to develop lymphoma in a solitary lymph node there, though (usually lymphoma is either internal or multi centric (involving multiple lymph nodes), though it pretty much can do whatever it wants to). If mass is very firm, definitely get it looked at... does NOT necessarily mean its not a lipoma (can be somewhat hard if sandwiched tightly between muscle layers), but makes that diagnosis less likely.
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Odds are is that it is nothing which can't be easily cured. Try your best to rest easy tonight because worrying simply won't help. You are being a great owner and actively seeking professional help - that is the best we can do. Please post an update. Doubtful it is cancer but if it is and caught early their are some VERY effective treatments these days that can get them into remission.
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