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Hi there....great question!! Mast cell tumors (MCT) are one of the most common types of skin cancers. Here is some info on grading.
Here are some chemo recommendations for MCT.
Please consider the last option...this is a new drug that many vets dont even know about. It has good results with the most common side effects being GI signs. It is only at referral centers.
I perform an abunance of surgery for our practice and i get many referral surgeries from vets around our city. In my experience, MCT of a grade 2 or higher certainly can recur but by monitoring the area closely you can catch a second MCT early so that it too can be removed!
I would consider chemo and certainly Paladia if it were my dog. Please talk to an oncologist or a clinic that does a lot of chemo. Also, monitoring the area is extremely inportant!!
hope this helps,
If you need anything else...feel free to contact me.
Mike Vitucci MS, DVM