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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2006-08-05 19:15:23 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Nerve Sheath Tumor/path report/cancer?

Basically NST are locally aggressive but slow to metastasize. Based on
description sounds like the whole thing was not removed. It is impossible
to get the entire mass because it follows the pathways of the nerves but if
you dig into it it has a tendancy to grow back with a vengance. If the
whole thing is removed as cleanly as possible there will eventually be
regrowth but it would be slower. Also as far as spreading to lungs and such
it is really slow. I have seen it go 1 1/2 years before metastasis with

Based on its location will be how well your little one does over time.
expect it to come back at some point. Also they usu try radiation therapy
on these but nothing is proven as to how beneficial it may be. All the best
and good luck with your kid. Hope this helps.

Dr. Sue

>From: "MaryM" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [ferrethealth] Nerve Sheath Tumor/path report/cancer?
>Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 13:01:29 -0400
>Maybe someone here can help me decipher what it all means :-)
>Microscopic: The multi-nodular mass is composed of plump spindle-shaped
>cells with blunt ended to tapered elliptical nuclei arranged in
>bundles, with a few vague storiform, whorls and tactoid like structures.
>mitotic index is low, approximately 3 per 10 high power fields. The tumor
>appears to be narrowly excised, with deep and lateral surgical margins
>approximately 0.5 mm wide.
>Diagnosis: Mass, right shoulder area: Peripheral nerve sheath tumor, low
>grade, narrowly excised.
>Comment: Peripheral nerve sheath tumors are locally infiltrative and have a
>high incidence of focal recurrence. The matastatic risk is low.
>Thank you,
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