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My dog in real life has just been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Does anyone know anything about this type of cancer? He is 9 years old and I have had him since he was 3 months old.

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma is usually on the skin. My Husband just had one removed yesterday. This type pf cancer is one of the lesser invasive of cancers.
Is this on your dogs skin?

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Squamous cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that is easy to cure. It will be excised with a bit extra around the margins to be certain. He may or may not need medication as well, such as steroids or chemo. It depends on if there are any involved lymph nodes as well.

We just euthanized one of our cats because of metastasizing lymphoma. Mac was 16. The 4th was a bad day. We now have his ashes and a plaster paw print on the mantel with his littermate and my other four cats that went to Rainbow Bridge.

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@Remsie – Yes. It is right behind his ear. I am sad to hear about your husband. I hope he has a speedy recovery. I know what its like to be with someone who has cancer. I had a friend go through cancer last year and again this year. Its been rough.

@FreyjaW – The vet checked his lymph nodes and did not feel any swelling. However he does have another mass in his eye. (read below for an update). The doctors don’t know if it is ‘connected’ to the thing on his skin.

UPDATE:
We were referred to an ophthalmologist to have the mass in his eye looked at. Thankfully, the doctor did not see anything “inside” the eye. For right now, the mass is on the iris. My dog has to have eye drop 3-4 times a day. We have been referred to an oncologist to check to see if the cancer has spread to any organs. As of right now, my dog is still eating and drinking and acting mostly normal. (He has been more nervous and stressed the past few days… probably because of all the doctor visits.

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Vet visits are stressful. Doctor visits stress us. It’s logical.

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UPDATE:
I chose to go ahead and do surgery to remove the mass after we discovered that the cancer was not in any organs. After the surgery the biopsy came back and the vet successfully removed the mass with good margins!
It has been 2 weeks since the surgery and he is having his staples taken out this Saturday. I am praying hard that the cancer does not come back anytime soon.

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Great news! Wishing your boy to have a speedy recovery!

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Fantastic news!!! Thank you for your remark on my husband. I forgot to check back.

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Conga-rats! That’s good news! I’m betting the eye is unrelated.

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@ FreyjaW – Yes, the eye cleared up with the eye drops! I am thankful for the thing in his eye, that was what set this whole thing off. I don’t know how long it would have been for us to notice the mass on his neck.

Update:
My dog is doing well! We will be going back to the vet in September/October to check for cancer again. Thank you for all the comments, well wishes and concerns! I will be sure to update if anything changes.