You will not find a more cared for Peke than Cashew. It was
during one of his regular grooming sessions that his owner
noticed a lump by his foot. This lump had developed quickly
and was beginning to look quite angry.
The first thing that we did was to take a fine needle aspirate.
This simple procedure involves putting a hypodermic needle
into the lump and sucking out some cells to send to a laboratory
The analysis results were not good news. Cashew had a malignant
growth called a "mast cell" tumour.
This now posed the question of Cashews treatment options.
Mast cell tumours require large margins to be taken when they
are removed to reduce the risk of the tumour growing back
One option was radiotherapy.
This is a specialist treatment and would mean Cashew making
regular trips to Cambridge which created new problem
Cashew hates car journeys and has a weak heart. Could he cope?
We tried a short journey but the answer was no.
The second option was more radical amputate Cashews
leg. Cashews owner felt that this was not an option
and that he would not cope with three legs and a bad heart.
We tried Cashew on high doses of steroids for a while. This
did help to shrink the tumour, but it was still causing him
discomfort. We therefore decided to have a go at removing
it. Cashews owner knew the risks involved but was prepared
to try. So, under anaesthetic, we removed the tumour. Surgery
went very well. He had a bandage on for a while afterwards
to aid healing and the stitches were removed about 15 days
later. That was about 6 weeks ago now and, amazingly, there
has been no sign of re-growth of Cashews tumour.
We are all hoping it stays that way!!