It seemed fairly well encapsulated, but they saw cells at the deep margins of the tissue. This is not uncommon for a Mast Cell Tumor. The biggest thing is we have to watch for local recurrence and remove if anything pops up. In a perfect world, you go a centimeter or more around all tumors. Unfortunately, we do not live in the perfect world, and there is no way to get that much of a margin on some parts of the body...like behind your ear. Way to go, Bean. We watch everywhere, really. If it's pink and raised on a cat...it comes off.
So my Bean has cancer ... and I have to watch him closely .. the only way to know if he has it someplace else or how aggressive it is will be to have him staged - that would have to happen at Virginia Tech. Staging a tumour often involves taking X-rays (or doing an ultrasound) to see if there is evidence of spread (for example to the lungs or liver), perhaps getting samples (biopsies or aspirates) from local lymph nodes, and checking blood samples. In Beans case he would have to have a bone marrow sample and a spleen sample done. I just don't think it fair to put him though all that when there really isn't a treatment.
Bean did a spin and a hop and a run down the hallway last night and he slept in the bed with me. He goes to hang with the Vet on the 31st to get his stitches out and they will weigh him and check his temperature and feel him all over for spots.
In OTHER News ... There is a cat that has been hanging around my sisters place for a few months. We have been talking about trapping her and having her spayed but she is fairly inconsistent - in fact I trapped Mr Ed when trying to trap her. My sister calls her Patches. Shes a tortoiseshell. So last evening I was feeding my sisters cats and she and her family are at the beach. My cousin lives next door and she yells to ask if Im missing a cat .. well.... Lil Miss Patches has KITTENS in the weeds. So I spent all night trying to trap her ... to make what would be a very long story shorter .. I did not have her in the trap at 430am .. but at 6 she was in there :) I had the babies in a small crate pushed up to the back of the trap so it looked/sounded like they were in the trap that way they were warm and safe. There are only 2 babies ... both males - black and white and a yellow and white. Their eyes are open but they aren't moving much but to wiggle so Id say they are about 2 weeks old, The family is in my sunroom - now deemed cat rehab center. Patches is not too happy about the situation - I tried to get her into the dog crate but she pulled some kitty kung-fu and ended up out in the room, I figured she would eventually but I was hoping she would spend the day locked in with the babies. I gave them some KMR and she has a bowl of wet food, dry food, and water. Im hoping she will eat and take care of her babies in quick order. Here are some pictures ..
She is a pretty girl .... but not friendly at all ...