I first got the call from the vet surgeon on Thursday. I think she said something like, “well, we got the pathology results back for Sascha.” I had prepared myself mentally for just about anything the vet would tell me, except for what she actually told me.
Sascha did NOT have cancer and Sascha does NOT have cancer. The tumors in her spleen were not cancerous tumors. “Excuse me, what?”
Sascha did not have cancer and does not have cancer. It’s very unusual (I can’t remember if she said they have never seen it, or rarely seen it), but Sascha’s tumors in her spleen were the result of a blood infection, not cancer.
Let me back up a bit and re-describe my meeting with the internal medicine vet on the day of surgery. Sascha had at least 3 very large tumors in her spleen. In all likelihood it is cancer. In 75% of cases of tumors in the spleen the cancer has normally spread to other organs. In about 25% of cases the cancer is contained just in the spleen. I’m sure he said of course there are some unusual circumstances, but that’s how my brain translated the information.
Thus, Sascha’s results were extremely rare, and quite frankly, there could not have been a better outcome. I’ve been asked by a couple of people was it even necessary for her spleen to be removed. Absolutely! The spleen was enlarged, and had at least 3 very large tumors inside. The chance of the spleen rupturing and Sascha bleeding internally was very high.
So what about the 2-6 months time frame that Sascha was expected to live? Well, I think you can throw those numbers out the window. Assuming we can treat the blood infection with antibiotics, Sascha should be just fine. She still has the spinal nerve degeneration, which I wasn’t even considering treating because I didn’t expect her to live long enough.
And, if you’re curious about how Sascha is doing and feeling, I can tell you she is acting completely normal, just like she was before all the medical events. She constantly has a toy in her mouth, digs in the trash to eat paper towels, occasionally barks while in her crate just to annoy me, and loves to snack on an occasional piece of dog poo when I’m not paying attention:-). Frankly, I don’t care what she does anymore, I’m just happy she will likely be around for a little while longer. She gets her staples out on Tuesday so I should have more information to share at that time.