How to Determine if Your Pet has Cancer

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The C-word is frightening for anyone, even your pet, and determining if Fido has cancer can be a scary process.  At Southeast Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Steve Lemarie says he’s concerned about a large mass on his patient, Sasha.  He says, “We see this type of mass with certain types of infections, some sterile inflammatory disease processes can look like this.  Then unfortunately, certain types of cancer can also have this presentation.”

Sasha’s owners noticed the mass on her back leg after she started to limp.  Just like a human, Dr. Lemarie takes a biopsy to determine if its cancer.  He puts her under, then samples three different areas and sews them up with a stich.  “She’s had some preliminary work done, some radiographs and some blood work which all look pretty good so far, which doesn’t indicate we have a lot of spread with this process, but we need to find out exactly what we`re dealing with.”

It typically takes just under a week for the biopsy results.  It’s a difficult wait for Sasha’s owner, but if the biopsy shows it’s cancer, Sasha does have options.  Dr. Lemarie says chemotherapy, rather than a difficult surgery, may be the best bet.  “This is a fairly large, diffuse mass so it may be a little difficult to completely excise this lesion.”

So… it’s off to the lab with Sasha’s samples and it’s fingers crossed for a less-serious result!