Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Boston terrier mast cell tumor update (Looking good!)

Sinead the Boston terrier looking up
It's been about 3 weeks since Boston terrier Sinead had her electrochemotherapy appointment for her mast cell tumor. She had the procedure done in just one appointment with the wonderful team at the Veterinary Cancer Specialty Care clinic in Lynnwood, and I promised the team I'd keep them apprised of how well Sinead did. I promised the same to her oncologist at Veterinary Cancer and Surgery Specialists in Milwaukee.

And I thought: What better way than to take some snaps and share them for BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday? So here we go.

Before surgery, Sinead's mast cell tumor was about 4mm tall, and it was right above her left eye. It was removed during surgery, and chemo was applied to the surgery scar.

We were told to expect some swelling and perhaps a touch of hair loss as she recovered. This is how the spot looks right now. It's super smooth, and while there's a touch of hair missing, it's not an obvious amount of hair loss.

Closeup of Sinead's eye

I'm pulling up on her skin in this photo just a little bit, in order to expose that site a little better. But clearly, the whole spot looks pretty darn good. (And now, that's not Photoshop. Her head really is that small.)

Sinead has retained the ability to blink, and her eye doesn't seem uncomfortable at all. She also hasn't ever felt the need to itch or scratch since the procedure was done.

I'll need to keep watch on that spot, just to make sure that things don't go south. But for now, I'd like to thank the team. I'd never even heard of electrochemotherapy before, and I'm so thankful that both of our doctors told us about this option and encouraged us to consider it.

I don't know that Sinead would look this great right now without their hard work.

Sinead looking at the camera

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12 comments:

  1. I am glad she is doing so well after her surgery. She is beautiful. I have Chug and Chihuahua mix.

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    1. That sounds like quite a combination! And I'll bet it's adorable.

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  2. That's so, so wonderful! We are overjoyed that Sinead is doing so well. :)

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'm pretty pleased, myself!

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  3. I'm glad Sinead is doing well. I've never heard of electrochemotherapy, but I'm happy it was available to help your dog.

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    1. It's a fairly new treatment, from what I understand. But given her results, I am hoping it spreads.

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  4. So glad the treatment was a success. I have never heard to that therapy either. Medicine can be wonderful.

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  5. Such great news! I'm glad the treatment is working so well and not causing her any discomfort!

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  6. I am so glad the treatment is doing its job! Wow, she sure does have a tiny little head!

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  7. paws crossed for her... so sweet
    LeeAnna

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  8. She does look good, I will be praying for her. I had never heard of that treatment before either.

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