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Anna, Biologist
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I have a 10 year old Pit that was diagnosed with a liver

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I have a 10 year old Pit Bull that was diagnosed with a liver mass (told probably cancer) and he has nodules on his lungs from what they could tell on x-ray. They gave him less then 6 months and that was over a year ago. Could they have been wrong on it being cancer? They have him on prednisone 20 mg daily. Have recently added Denamarin but all they did was some blood work & urine testing.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Veterinary Oncology
Expert:  Anna replied 5 months ago.
Hello and welcome. I apologize that no one responded to you sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just logged on and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in cancer in dogs.The answer to your question is that yes, there could have been a mistake. The mass and the nodules are there, but there is no way to be certain there is cancer without doing a biopsy. Masses can be benign. Nodules in the lung can, as well, but they can also be caused by other conditions. Denamarin isn't not a cancer treatment, but helps with many liver problems, so it is a good addition regardless.Another possibility is that your dog does have cancer, but it t is progressing more slowly than usual.If you want a definite diagnosis for your dog, it would be best to see a specialist. A veterinary oncologist or internist at your state's veterinary teaching college could help. Your own vet can refer you if you want to pursue that. The other option is to simply continue as you have been for as long as your dog does well.If you have more questions, just let me know. I'll be hoping for the best possible outcome for your dog.Anna
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