Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
My miniature schnauzer, Hans, was recently diagnosed with a tumor. It is fairly large and located under his left leg, near his chest. My veterinarian has x-rayed it and has the following plan.
If you can give me any direction, information, which can help me make a vital decision, I would be grateful.
Time is so short, please help.
Lili Duda, VMD, Editor of the OncoLink Veterinary Oncology Section, responds:
Regarding Hans, I would strongly recommend a "fine-needle aspirate" or "incisional biospy" before any more aggressive procedures such as you are describing are undertaken. Both the procedures mentioned are ways to take small samples of the tumor and get a diagnosis before doing something more definitive. In addition, if it is cancer (as opposed to a benign tumor), it sounds as if an amputation might not result in adequate margins (based on your brief description of the location of the tumor). It might be wise to get a diagnosis first, and then consult a board-certified surgeon if aggressive surgery is indicated.
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