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What this is saying in plain English is that there is a concern there is cancer, but due to the sample, a 100% definitive answer can not be given.
It is saying that based on the clinical appearance (size, shape, growth, and patient) if the clinical signs are concerning for cancer, either remove the mass complete and send the sample for a true tissue biopsy or take a true tissue biopsy before removing the growht.
OK...our vet explained to us that the cyst is not cancerous or life threatening and that the only thing we'd have to worry about is it getting larger and annoying the cat...but it has gotten so much larger so rapidly in the past few days.
That is my concern.
The good news is that it does say:
Consistent with the contents of a follicular cyst or benign follicular neoplasm
These are not terribly cancers - and they do comment "benign"
But could not give a 100% specific diagnosis it would seem.
Is it unusual for these cysts to grow very rapidly? From the size of a marble to the size of a cherry tomato and then larger over the course of about a week?
No - it is not unusual.
Ok that is the main concern. I became so alarmed to feel it each day and notice how big it is getting so quickly. Do you recommend a follow-up appointment, then?
Yes - the growth really
Even if benign - if growing rapidly - it can be removed.
so that it doesn't bother the cat, right? Our other cat likes to play fight with him and tends to go for that spot and try to bite it. But that's another story. :) Thank you for your help. At least I can rest a little bit easier this weekend. I appreciate it.
And if it gets larger - it may be a harder surgery later...
I see. That makes sense. Thank you.
You are very welcome!
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