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Lipoma Or Sarcoma

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My Guinea pig of not even one year had to have an operation last Wednesday due to having a lump in the back of her neck. The vet said it had started to petrude around her spine so unfortunately they couldn't get to it all. Could it be cancer? If so what are my options? She's having problems with her wound at the moment, it's become really itchy so I have had to cover her body with a pair of tights so she can't open it anymore. Prior to this she was a healthy happy Guinea pig. She's still eating away even when the wound hurts her. However the majority of it being hay? Is this also normal? Meds wise she's on Baytril and Metacam. 0.23 for both.

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Bless you and your beautiful piggy. Lipomas are usually benign, so it's probably best to wait for the results of the histology before worrying too much. I know it's hard, but at the moment just focus on the positives. If it is a sarcoma then you are best to book a time to discuss the future with your vet. Big hugs to you x
 

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Hi and welcome!

I am ever so sorry! Without a lab test on the tissue, all that anybody can do is guess as to the exact nature of the lump. Has your vet able to take a biopsy? The location is rather worrying, as it may have consquences for her mobility in the longer term even if it is benign. I feel for you; it is the kind of nightmare scenario that we all dread, even more so in such a young guinea pig. :(

I am sure that your vet will help you talk through your options when you ask him to, so you can make any decisions based on facts and realistic prospects, always with her wellbeing and happiness topmost in your mind.

PS: My own inoperable tumour girl that I have at the moment is at least 5 years old. Hers is stuck to some vital organs, so any operation would be extremely tricky and a success not assured, irrespective of wether it is benign or malign. I will have to let her go as soon it is affecting her badly, which so far it has not yet done. Tanni is not a lady who likes being handled and fussed over, so she is happier to just live out her life for as long as it has quality to it. It was not the diagnosis I expected when I took her the vets to have what looked like a regular large ovarian cyst attended to! :(

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Hi and welcome!

I am ever so sorry! Without a lab test on the tissue, all that anybody can do is guess as to the exact nature of the lump. Has your vet able to take a biopsy? The location is rather worrying, as it may have consquences for her mobility in the longer term even if it is benign. I feel for you; it is the kind of nightmare scenario that we all dread, even more so in such a young guinea pig. :(

I am sure that your vet will help you talk through your options when you ask him to, so you can make any decisions based on facts and realistic prospects, always with her wellbeing and happiness topmost in your mind.

PS: My own inoperable tumour girl that I have at the moment is at least 5 years old. Hers is stuck to some vital organs, so any operation would be extremely tricky and a success not assured, irrespective of wether it is benign or malign. I will have to let her go as soon it is affecting her badly, which so far it has not yet done. Tanni is not a lady who likes being handled and fussed over, so she is happier to just live out her life for as long as it has quality to it. It was not the diagnosis I expected when I took her the vets to have what looked like a regular large ovarian cyst attended to! :(

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Thank you for your kind words. The best has indeed happened. I had the results back today and it is indeed a lipoma, nothing cancerous and the Vet assured me that it wouldn't affect her spine as she got the majority of it out. I cannot believe it I am over the moon.
 

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Thank you for your kind words. The best has indeed happened. I had the results back today and it is indeed a lipoma, nothing cancerous and the Vet assured me that it wouldn't affect her spine as she got the majority of it out. I cannot believe it I am over the moon.
That is wonderful news indeed! So often we get the worst possible news in these cases when the results come back. Make sure that you have a little dance of joy!
 
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