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.
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🎥 Sneak peek for my latest vlog 🎥
Melanoma in Dogs: Overview, Skin and Digit
🖥 You can watch the full video on YouTube
Melanomas are tumors of melanocytes, pigment cells, in dogs that can be benign or malignant. Malignant melanomas in dogs can be an aggressive cancer.
In this vlog, I cover an overview of melanoma in dogs including the common locations such as the oral cavity, digit and skin. I tell you all about where we find them, where they metastasize or spread to, what diagnostic tests you will want to do, how we treat, and the prognosis.
Come back for the next vlog for even more info on oral malignant melanoma, the most common malignant cancer in the mouth of dogs. ... See MoreSee Less
🎉 Celebrate the victories
Joey is a spectacular Main Coon cat, and his pancreatic carcinoma sadly grew back 3 months after surgery.
Now it’s 1 year anniversary.
In this video I explain how I’m treating him and why there are options for some pets with metastatic and recurrent cancer.
I also recently started to treat him for IBD. Yes sometimes our patients have multiple issues going on and often need multiple doctors.
Please learn about the options so you can make an educated decision. Consult with a cancer specialist or ask your veterinarian to consult with one. (I offer teleconsults through Fidu Vet)
💊 Want more information on Palladia and these metronomic protocols and how I have used it in my patients? Head on over to my YouTube channel and check out these vlogs 105 & 106
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🥳 IMO this is big!
When fighting cancer, I say we celebrate victories big and small. Celebrate often. Celebrate every day.
And today is no exception. Today I want to share Jesse’s celebration. 🎉
It has been FOUR YEARS & FOUR MONTHS since this 11 year old Schnauzer’s diagnosis of digit malignant melanoma.
After his surgery I treated with the melanoma immunotherapy vaccine and now he gets his booster every 6 months.
Four years is like 20 plus years for a person with cancer. He’s a survivor. Typically with surgery and the vaccine the median survival time is about 16 months. The 1-year survival rate is about 60%, and the 2-year is about 30%.
So, let me say it again, Jesse is out over 4 years. Why am I so excited? Because this is an aggressive cancer with a high metastatic rate, 30 to 40 % have metastasis at diagnosis. It makes me so happy to see my patients beat the statistics and #livelongerlivewell
Looking for more info on melanoma? I have 2 new vlogs coming out on melanoma including skin, digit and then oral malignant melanoma in the next few weeks, so please subscribe on YouTube so you will get notified when they are out. ... See MoreSee Less