Sunday, August 19, 2007

Tests inconclusive

My biopsy results are back, and the test is inconclusive, which in a way is good news. Usually the results come back with a very definite answer, but they can't really be sure if my tissues are cancerous, although the vet still feels that it's cancer. However, she wants to run more tests to make sure and not rush into chemotherapy.

The test results says:
From the sections examined the section is moderately cellular with multifocal areas of necrosis; cytologically the lesion is significantly heterogeneous with a background population of small cleaved lymphocytes and larger vesicular lymphocytes with an apithelioid appearance and 0-2 mitoses per hpf. Differentials for this sort of cytological heterogenity include infectious granulomatous inflammation and lymohomas specifically T-cell-rich B cell lymphoma and periphertal T cell lymphoma. Additional clinical diagnostics and surveilance is warranted."

What a mouthful of medical jargon!

Anyway, what the vet roughly explained is that there are some large and normal cells in the tissue, and enlarged lymph nodes can be caused by some other factors including cancer. However, there are also some split cells in the tissue, which is a characteristic of cancer. So they cannot determine if it's cancer or not.

She will have to call the pathologist tomorrow to ask if the pathologist can do further tests if the cause is infection, and if it's tick fever. So I got some blood taken for further blood tests. However, if my previous tissue sample is not enough, I may have to be anaesthetized again for them to take more tissue samples for the pathologist. I hope it's enough, I don't want to go under the knife again!

My blood

The vet says I'm a very good boy because I didn't struggle while she was taking blood. She did a test for the common tick fever, the results were negative, but there's another form of tick fever which she does not have the equipment to test for and she'll have to send my blood to the lab for the test.

Tick fever negative

The vet also said that IF it is cancer, at least it's not those fast spreading type, so we have time to make proper diagnoses instead of having to rush into chemotherapy. In the meantime, I'll continue with Reiki and the enzymes and cottage cheese mix (licks).

Keep those pawsitive vibes coming! I think it's helping!


Charlie said...

Sounds good, Herbie! We've still got all our paws crossed, here!!
- Charlie

Amber-Mae said...

Oh, I really really really hope that it is NOT cancer. Cancer is really scawie...Oh, and luckily it's not tick fever coz that will bad too! My paws are crossed so as my hind legs. Hehehe! I hope it's not cancer!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Snowball said...

Hu Herbie,

Continue to think possitive but remember not to just try any how try new stuff as you need to remain strong if any further treatment is needed.


Joe Stains said...

we will keep thinking extra good thoughts for you and hope that it is jsut some lumpy junk and not cancer!

The Brat Pack said...

We're still sending positive vibes your way and thinking about you every day.

Be strong, buddy.

triple B's said...

Oh Herbie, we heard about you from Opy and we want you to get better. No diseases are good and we are hoping for the best for you. We're sending lots of happy and healthy vibes your way!

Huskee Boy said...

Hi Herbie,
I assure you that I am still crossing my paws and sending you pawsitive vibes!!
Stay strong and be pawsitive!

Ben_Benjamin said...

You will be fine Herbie. Thats for sure.

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Herbie,
We're glad they couldn't call it cancer as of yet. Mama says that's a very good sign. We hope your herbal stuff you bought helps clean out your system too. Do you know exactly what kind of tick fevers they are checking for? Around here we can catch the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but it's fairly rare here in Iowa. When Mama got very sick 14 years ago, they tested her for the Rocky Mountain fever & also for the Lyme Disease from deer ticks which is also rare yet in Iowa. She didn't have neither thing. We'll keep praying for you & Koi Herbie is praying too!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Anonymous said...


I hope your M is letting you beg all you want :-)

Girl Girl Hamster said...

I'm keeping my paws cross for you that it's good news Herbie.

~ Girl girl

Texas's Mum said...

Hi Herbie,
Well at least you don't get
bad news and we will keep
sending you pawsative vibes
and keep you and your family
in our thoughts.

Love and Licks
Texas (and his humans).

PreciOus said...

Hi Herbie, I heard about you from Opy's blog. I'm keeping my paws crossed for you. Hope your test results will all turn out fine.


Anonymous said...

Be strong, Herbie...

chester.hi-flyer said...

i will think more happy thoughts for you herbie!

hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Dont u worry Herbie boy. All will be A OK for you. Hugo and me will pray for you.

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

Hi Herbie! I read about you on Opy's blog and I have come over to wish you all the very best!

love and licks, Marvin from Scotland xxxxxx My paws are crossed for you!