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Our 10 yr old Bouvier des Flandres has mast cell tumor on his

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Our 10 yr old Bouvier des Flandres has mast cell tumor on his flank. He has had MCT twice before over the past 4 yrs. We are not sure how best to proceed, since we have limited funds and of course love him. Options are all very expensive, and wonder if just prednisone could help, or a way to lower cost for his treatment.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  MsAM replied 2 years ago.
Hello,I apologize that no one has responded to your question sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just came online and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in canine cancer. I'm sorry to hear of this diagnosis. As you've already found, mast cell tumor do tend to return. However, they are the most treatable of cancers. The lower the grade and stage, of course, the easier they are to treat. Many grade 2 tumors can be completely removed, but it also depends on the stage. If the surgeon takes a good margin around the tumor, and it's in an early stage, surgery may be all that's necessary. If the tumor is in a later stage, it may be necessary to treat with chemotherapy or radiation, as well. The prognosis for dogs with grade 2 tumors that can be completely removed , and for those that couldn't be completely removed, but were followed up with radiation treatment, is excellent. Approximately 90% are cancer-free after three years. There's a bit more technical information on the following site, including more detailed information on prognosis: It's so unfortunate that finances can sometimes prevent a dog from being treated effectively, but we all do have to consider money. Prednisone can be effective against this cancer, especially after surgical removal. But it often causes nasty side effects, including increased thirst and urination (with several night time bathroom breaks needed each night), increased panting, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or dark tarry stools secondary to gastrointestinal irritation and bleeding. There are organizations that can provide financial help for people whose dogs have cancer. However, their funds are limited and tehy cannot help everyone. It's definitely worth a try, though. Here are their websites: The first one has an online application form. If you have more questions about this, just let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope you achieve the typical good outcome for your dog.Anna