Bear’s pathology report came back today, and his tumor is cancer – hemangiosarcoma – a particularly nasty cancer of the blood vessels that can appear at the skin level or internally, usually in the spleen, heart, or liver. Our vet urged us to see a veterinary oncologist in Jacksonville, and we have an appointment on Monday at 9 a.m.
The best case scenario will be that this is a primary tumor. The pathology report stated that the surgeon got ALL this tumor – …the surrounding area is cancer-free. If this is the case, Bear would be extremely lucky that we found it at this early stge as these tumors spread quickly and are very aggressive. There is always a chance that it could recur, but if it IS a primary tumor with no spread, he has a good chance for a few more years.
If this is a secondary tumor that has spread from somewhere else, the outlook is distressingly bleak.
We will find all that out on Monday.
I write all this with tears streaming down my face, but I wanted all our prayer warriors to know as quickly as possible that we continue to need prayers.
I will post another update after we get back home on Monday. They told us we could expect to be there anywhere from 2-5 hours.
Thank you so much for your prayers for Bear.