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Fibrosarcoma In Cats

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 […]

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Elliptical Or Fusiform Excision

“Doctor, I’m concerned. My pet had surgery today to remove a mass under the skin one inch in diameter, but his surgical incision is six inches long. Why is that?” The surgical technique for removing masses such as the one illustrated in the photograph at right is called excision. The term stems from the Latin […]

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What Kind Of Tumor Is It?

“What kind of tumor is it, Doctor?” This common question is difficult, often even impossible, to answer prior to testing. A “pre-test” administered by our pathology professor, Dr. Groth proved that merely looking at mass on a patient will rarely give us an accurate answer. Neither will a look at the mass after surgical removal. […]

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Plasmacytoma In Dogs

Plasmacytoma is an uncommon tumor of dogs. There are two forms, medullary and extramedullary according to whether the growth is in the bone marrow or not, respectively. Today we will be discussing extramedullary plasmacytoma. This is a continuation of our series on round cell tumors which began with canine histiocytoma, followed by canine transmissible venereal […]

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Mass: To Remove Or Not To Remove?

Lisa writes: “My Husky has a cyst on his upper back that is slightly over an inch around and tall. It has not burst or drained. My veterinarian said to leave it alone or he could have surgery to remove it but that it would probably come back. Will it come back? I’d like to have […]

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Mast Cell Tumor In Dogs And Cats

“Michelle” writes to us with a question about her dog: “My 9 year old Shih Tzu is prone to sebaceous cysts. He had one on his shoulder for a few months. It burst and I cleaned it up with Geri stat soap. I squeezed out some whitish fluid but it was not as easily cleaned […]

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