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How's Cappy doing?
Not so well.

The surgeon did NOT remove the large lipoma on Cappy's left side, nor most of the others I had located on the diagram for him. Three of them were actually "mast cell tumors" ranging by appearance from a Grade 1 to a grade 3. The #1s are relatively harmless and just require close future scrutiny. Grade 2s and 3s are malignancies, with the 3s being the most dreaded with the least happy prognosis. Cappy had a total of six mast cell tumors. Each were excised and sent on for pathology. Of the six, the surgeon felt four were grade 1s and the other two either 2s or 3s based on many years of surgical experience.

The pics below are all in link form so if you think they might bother you, please don't open. The last is some information provided to me by the clinic this afternoon. We're 4-5 days away from the pathology confirmation. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts so far ... guess we'll need a few more if you can spare them.

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I neglected to mention that the surgeon aspirated NINE other "lumps" and did slides on each during surgery. They were all determined to be benign fatty tumors that just require monitoring. He chose not to remove any more than mandatory today as Cappy will be sore enough as is from those that were excised. We'll wait until the pathological results come back to establish a course of action on the mast cell tumors and then deal with the non life-threatening issues later.

He was so happy to see me and has been at my side non-stop since we picked him up at 4:30. He loves his daddy and Dear God is that ever mutual.
 

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Good thoughts, healing thoughts, and prayers headed for Cappy and you. Hope the pathology comes back with something treatable. I can't imagine how much you must be hurting right now. Hope the prayers and thoughts headed you way provide the help Cappy needs to have something treatable.
 
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