MANY DOGS AND CATS HAVE LUMPS AND BUMPS. NOT ALL OF THESE MASSES ARE MALIGNANT (CANCEROUS) TUMORS. IN FACT, MOST TUMORS ARE BENIGN (NOT CANCER).
Masses must be sampled and evaluated under a microscope to determine what they are. The sooner we determine whether a mass is cancerous and should be removed, the better for your pet. Most skin and subcutaneous (under the skin) tumors can be cured when diagnosed early when masses are small.
I am Dr Sue Cancer Vet and I am on a mission to raise cancer awareness in dogs and cats, so we can diagnose earlier and save lives.
When a skin mass is the size of pea or larger or has been present for 1 month,
Aspirate or biopsy, and treat.
No, not even the most experienced veterinarian can look at or feel a mass and know if it is cancer or not. Your veterinarian must perform an aspirate or biopsy to make an accurate diagnosis.
Early detection saves lives.
🥰 Seriously. I have the cutest patients. No butts about it.
♥️ You may remember Chicklet. She was diagnosed a few months ago with a butt tumor. Anal sac carcinoma or apocrine gland anal sac adenocarcarcinoma, aka AGASACA
👎🏼 It has spread to the sublumbar lymph nodes and 3 small nodules in her lungs too
🎉 But good news on recent chest X-rays to see how the cancer is responding to chemotherapy. One nodule was not seen and the other 2 are stable.
👍🏼 So on paper she’s doing great, but just as important is how she is feeling at home while getting her chemo protocol. And according to her family, she is doing awesome at home.
🙌 Most dogs feel great on chemotherapy most of the time and continue to do the things that they love with their families. That’s why I love my job. Because pets tolerate chemo so well.
⭐️ I hate cancer, but I love treating dogs and cats with cancer! So patients like Chicklet can #kickcancersbutt and #livelongerlivewell� ... See MoreSee Less
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🤔 what questions do you have about steroids and cancer, including lymphoma?
👉🏼 I’m working on my next YouTube vlog & want to know what you questions you have. I’m asking today here and in my Instagram story.
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