Hello, this is Dr. Bruce and I would like to help you with Rocky.
I'm sorry to hear about the week from hell. It has definitely been a lot for the both of you.
Unfortunately, there is no absolute answers in medicine. No test returns 100% results, especially when it comes to cancer. However, I really like the odds at this time. If the pathologist took 7 samples, and did not find cancer in any of those samples, that is pretty comforting.
There are many possible causes for the pathologist to miss the diagnosis (the vet didn't send in the right piece of the tumor, the pathologist is a quack, the cancer is not developed enough to look like cancer on the slide, etc, etc.)
If you want further confirmation, you could ask your vet to ask the pathology service to cut new samples and have another pathologist read it. I don't know your vet, but some vets may tell you that because they want to cover their butts in case it should come back later on and actually be a case of cancer.
Thanks for your help Dr. Bruce.... Definitely in a better position than a few days ago.
I guess we should carry on with life as normal and hope for the best and an optimistic future :)
I think that would be the best choice. The most important thing is that Rocky is doing great, and his quality of life is high.
That sounds like very encouraging news for you and Rocky. Certainly sounds like his quality of life is high.
I'm very glad to hear how well he is doing, and hopefully, he will continue to improve until he is back to his old self.
Please feel free to check in from time to time to let me know how happy he is!