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What should I do? My dog was just diagnosed with a malignant spindle cell sarcoma.?

My 5 1/2 year old lab was just diagnosed with a medium-highly malignant tumor. The diagnosing vet has refferred us to an Oncologist and already taken a biopsy, but I don't know what else to do. Has anyone ever had this happen before with a malignant sarcoma? What did you do and how did you handle it? What should my next step be?

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I was just diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, I am having an extremely difficult time finding?

any information at all online about this cancer. If anyone has any info or links to any "useful" websites on this cancer please let me know. My tumor was in my right humerus, just above elbow. They say I will need more surgery to clear all margins, shave bone, muscles, etc. Not sure on radiation and/or chemo yet. Very nervous about lack of info I am able to find about this cancer.

"Spindle cell" sarcoma is more of a descriptive term (what it looks like under microscope) rather than a histologic term. Usually these are undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytomas, leimyosarcomas, fibrosarcoma, synovial cell sarcoma. Your confusion is understandable as these cancers are difficult to classify many times. If you will email me, i'll be happy to send you some info on soft tissue sarcomas. I agree that with these rare cancers, being treated at a major center with lots of experience is best. You should also try www.cancer.gov for information.

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what is a spindle cell tumore?

My son was diagnosed with a spindle cell tumor. He had it removed. I was wondering....can it live in the blood also? Will he have trouble with this in the future?

You know, I've never heard of a spindle cell tumor so I looked it up. Wow, I can't believe how many sites included dogs in them these are apparently quite common with dogs. So finally, I got something that might help you.
"Spindle cell lesions, which commonly arise in the soft tissues,can present themselves in the form of a rosette on the skin but can lie deep within the tissue. Thin, uniformed spindle cells were associated with collagen bundles, mature adipocytes and entrapped normal vessels and nerves"
It goes on to say how spindle cell tumors don't often re- appear in the same spot and sited one case where the person was without the tumor still after 12 months. These spindle cell tumors apparently can manifest themselves any where in the body on any organ. There were hundreds of sites, I looked at many before I found this one and even this one isn't that great. Most of them were about canine spindle cell tumors and then the tumors of every darn organ or site in the body. Learn something new every day. I think your son will be fine. Now that you know what they look like, you can keep an eye on any suspicious looking site. Good luck. God bless.  (+ info)

What is spindle cell carcinoma?

My father recently passed from spindle cell carcinoma, I wanted to know what causes it, I know it is malignant, but what treatments are available and how much time left after diagnosis?

SPINDLE CELL CARCINOMA is in other words known as Esophageal cancer which is a serious form of cancer that starts in the inner layer of your esophagus, the 10-inch long tube that connects your throat and stomach. The most common symptom of esophageal cancer, usually occurring late in the disease, is difficulty swallowing and a sensation of food getting stuck in your throat or chest.

Although the esophagus is essentially a hollow tube, its walls are composed of a number of highly specialized layers, including an inner lining made up of thin, flat cells (squamous cells), a layer below the inner lining (submucosa) that contains mucus-secreting glands, and a thick band of muscle tissue.

When you eat or drink, a muscle in the upper part of your esophagus (upper esophageal sphincter) relaxes, allowing food and liquid to enter. Smooth muscles in the esophagus wall then move the food along in a series of rhythmic contractions — a process called peristalsis.

Another ring of muscle, the lower esophageal sphincter, sits at the junction where your esophagus and stomach connect. It opens to allow food into your stomach and then clamps shut so that corrosive stomach acids and digestive enzymes don't back up into the esophagus.

Cancer can occur almost anywhere along the length of the esophagus and is classified according to the types of cells in which it originates.

The main contributing factors for this type of cancer is -

-Heavy alcohol consumption.
-Tobacco use.
-Chronic acid reflux.
-Obesity. and diet. -

No one can determine or tell the time left and it is not in anybody's hand. Our duty is to give all needed and timely treatments to the patient. -
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What are Spindle Cell Tumors with Dogs?

Is this type of tumor benign? What are the treatments?

I am not sure of your terminology. I have diagnosed tumors from dogs that were fibrosarcomas. They have spindle cells.  (+ info)

I have spindle cell carcinoma. It came back the second time. They are considering small dose of radiation.

What are your thoughts?

My own thoughts are to try to stick to just surgery for this because radiotherapy, I think, might cause the spindle cell carcinoma. Best of luck!  (+ info)

what does cores were entirely composed of a purely high-grade spindle cell proliferation mean?

a case study on a patient with suspected breast cancer

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spindle cell cancer ? is that in the bones and is it past on from our parents?

Spindle cell cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs and that contains long spindle-shaped cells. Also called sarcomatoid carcinoma.  (+ info)

spindle cell sarcoma...what exactly is this? please help, im v.worried?

hiya, im 25 years old and have been diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma...im v.overwhelmed by the news and dont know what to do about it...im not v.close to my family and im not able to tell the about it, a few of my friends know but i feel so alone and constantly worry... i have a 19 month old son and i worry about everything...i need some support and help but i dont know where to get any information from...
id appreciate any help...

Spindle cell sarcoma
Spindle cell sarcomas are very similar to osteosarcomas but do not produce a bony substance called 'osteoid' (whereas osteosarcomas do). There are 4 types of spindle cell sarcoma: undifferentiated sarcoma of bone, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, fibrosarcoma and leiomyosarcoma. These really behave like adult versions of osteosarcoma and are treated in a similar way.
Undifferentiated sarcoma of bone means that the cells are not specialised. They are quite primitive and it isn't possible to tell what type of normal cells they originated from within the bones. When the cells are more specialised in spindle cell sarcoma, your specialist will classify it as histiocytoma, fibrosarcoma or leiomyosarcoma, according to the appearance of the cells under a microscope.  (+ info)

I had spindle cell carcinoma - twice. Operated both times & both times with clear margins.

Last surgery on 7-18-08. First time 12-10-07. Suggested radiation treatment after last surgery. See radiation oncologist 8-4-08 for his thoughts. What do you think

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