Guest lynne893 Posted September 13, 2015 Share Posted September 13, 2015 Hi friends, Greta, our 9 1/2 year-old grey, presented with a lump on her right side, seemingly coming from under her rib cage Wednesday morning. It was soft to the touch, not squishy, but not too firm. Maybe 3-4" in diameter. Off to the vet we went! They took an aspiration and the vet was pretty confident it was just going to be a fatty tumor but the lab came back "spindle cell proliferation with mixed inflammation." I understand the next step is a biopsy to determine if it's benign or a sarcoma and a chest xray to see location, size, etc. They said the biopsy could be tough because of the location under the ribs, but the vet said Greta's so chill she thinks she could do it with vallium and local anesthesia. She said that she believes it needs to come out regardless because even if benign it could grow into her ribs or push on them and cause them to crack. We're really torn. We're not in a great position to spend thousands on surgery, and philosophically, we don't want to put an older dog through that. But if the cost isn't too crazy and we do the surgery, does anyone have experience with good survival after that? Also, will the surgery be umpteen times more difficult because of accessing under the rib cage? Thanks for your experience, insight, support.... Lynne, Joel, Stella and dear Greta Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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