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Old 04-30-2012, 07:58 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Lump on the head, tumor?

I'm not really looking for any advice, except this..
My boy Reuben has a lump between his eye and gill. I just noticed it. It's elevated, but not by much yet. It's slightly lighter than the surrounding flesh, and is more like a badly drawn circle than a perfect one. It's asymmetrical to his other side. It can't be anything but a tumor?

So... Just got really sick to the stomach, imagining the worse. So far he's acting fine. I really hope it's benign... I've given the cancer talk (for fish) on this forum a few times, but of course I never thought it'd happen to me... It hurts since he's the first fish I've truly healed after being sick at the shop.

Not going to do any special treatment, it's really not worth it if you ask me. It won't stop it if it's cancerous, we don't even have anything to slow it, it'll only prolong the suffering.

I'll update as to whether or not it's growing any.
Ugh.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:52 AM   #2 
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-hugs- I'm so sorry Olympia. Hopefully it's not cancer and Reuben will continue to feel well for a long time. -hugs-
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:57 AM   #3 
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So sorry to hear that :( I actually had a very similar problem with a orange HM plakat years ago. The (sort of) good news is, he survived for an additional 6 months with a huge tumor growing out of his side. He was active and eating like a little pig up until the very end. It was awful not being able to do anything for him. Hopefully the "growth" Reuben has is more benign...
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:55 PM   #4 
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Yes. It doesn't seem to be progressing. It almost looks like some sort of flesh wound.. Which makes no sense.
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