Archive for 'Oncology'

Hemangiosarcoma In Dogs


Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is a common cancer of dogs, usually occurring beyond middle age and the following breeds are most frequently afflicted: Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Portuguese Water Dogs and Skye Terriers. Hemangiosarcoma is one of the cancers being studied in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Roughly 20% of Golden Retrievers will suffer from hemangiosarcoma in […]

Hypercalcemia Of Malignancy


Recently we discussed primary hyperparathyroidism (click here to read that post) in dogs and its effect on calcium management in the bloodstream. However, hypercalcemia in dogs is more likely to occur in neoplasia (cancer) located in non-parathyroid sites in the body. It is then termed hypercalcemia of malignancy and/or pseudohyperparathyroidism. The three most common types […]

Cancer In Pets: Experts Interviewed


Cancer. “It’s just a disease; it’s not magic, it’s not evil.” That was Dr. David Haworth, one of five veterinarians quoted in a special section on cancer in animals in January’s Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Each of the doctors interviewed is a board-certified veterinary oncologist, all Diplomates of the American College of […]

Anal Sac Tumors


Anal sac tumors are insidious. Buried in the tissue between the internal and external anal sphincters, they are often not detected until they are large. By then, they have often metastasized. For anal sac masses detected small, speed is essential, as these carcinomas spread early and aggressively. Primary tumors tend to grow slowly, so metastasis […]

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study


Cancer. Whether human or animal it is one of the most dreaded diseases known. Dr. Rodney Page hopes to put a dent in cancer, at least in dog cancer. He is the lead investigator at the prestigious Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC), Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and […]

Fibrosarcoma In Cats


Fibrosarcoma in cats is generally considered by veterinarians to be one of our most frustrating cancerous conditions. Fibrosarcoma (FSA) falls into a category of soft tissue sarcomas (STSs). STSs are cancerous growths that arise from the skin or subcutaneous (under the skin) tissues. Triggers for soft tissue sarcomas are poorly understood (as is the case […]

Diagnosis Of Growths Requires Pathologist Input

Regular readers will recall our Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine junior class story in which our Pathology professor gave us quite a fright by hitting us with a pop quiz on the very first day of class. No notice. No reading assignment. No preparation. (Click here to read the story.) The gist of his […]

Second-Hand Smoke Is Bad For Your Pets, Too

You know the dangers of smoking, chewing tobacco and dipping snuff. Did you know that tobacco is dangerous for your pet, too? The damage that second-hand smoke does to both pets and people is well-documented. Cats subjected to second-hand cigarette smoke are more than twice as likely to develop a cancer of the white blood […]

Canine Cutaneous Lymphoma

Cutaneous lymphoma is another round cell tumor of dogs. While lymphoma is a common cancer in dogs, the cutaneous form is actually quite rare, accounting for only about five percent of all canine lymphoma cases. Two forms of canine cutaneous lymphoma exist: epitheliotropic and nonepitheliotropic. In humans the epitheliotropic form is also called mycosis fungoides […]