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Has anyone had to deal with this? Motto has a lump in his thyroid area about the size of a walnut. Our usual vet has referred us to a surgeon, who we have a consultation with tomorrow. She thinks there is a good chance it is thyroid carcinoma. I did a search here, but didn't see any other cases of this discussed. I would love to hear from anyone who has been there, the treatment you chose, how it was tolerated by your hound, and if it was successful. Thanks for reading.

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Yes, I've dealt with this. My old retriever, Julio, had an egg sized lump on his thyroid that wound up being adenocarcinoma which is highly aggressive. We took him to a specialist to have it removed. They gave him six months for it to grow back and a year after that to live.

 

The longest the vet had seen a dog go was three years. The tumor grew back on the other side and they had it removed again. The dog lived a year after that.

 

Julio lived for 4 years after his operation and nothing ever grew back. He was a month short of his 12th birthday. He was on a low dose of Soloxine for hypothyroidism for about a year. Julio handled the surgery pretty well. We had to buy a harness to walk him because he obviously couldn't wear his collar. Two weeks later he was back to swimming in the lake.

 

I'm so sorry you have to go through this, Kelly. I know it's a bit of a drive to Memphis, but I can give you the name and number of the surgeon who took care of Julio if you'd like. He's good. Just let me know. Good luck!

 

OH! I keep editing this, but before you start freaking out... Greyhounds do have a lymph node about the size of a walnut that's directly behind their jawbone. Check and see if you feel it on both sides. If you can, then it's probably ok. I know it's a "duh" thing and the vet probably should have caught it, but I once had a non-greyhound savvy vet tell me that my dog might have a tumor when I knew it was normal.

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Can't tell you how it it is treated in hounds but my thyroid was removed due to cancer when I was 19.

 

Just wanted to tell you that they told me in humans it was a good cancer to have (if there is such a thing) as it is easily removable and the thyroid is pretty self contained so it very seldom spreads.

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There was a recent thread on this: http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/264012-advice-for-possible-thyroid-tumor/

 

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Thanks for the well wishes, everyone, and thanks for the link, Deirdre. If it is malignant, it will make three hounds in one year with cancer :(

 

Rachel, it is great to hear Julio did so well. Thanks so much for chiming in. Our vet is very GH savy, has 7 or 8 of her own, and used to be the vet for our adoption group here - I have a lot of confidence in her. Anyway no, it isn't on the other side. You can actually see it looking at him and it is very firm and not mobile at all. I would like the name of the surgeon. Depending on what we find out tomorrow, I may very well be getting a second opinion. I'll send you a PM.

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