Treatment Options For A Dog With Myxofibrosarcoma

Lili Duda, VMD
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
Our dog has been diagnosed with myxofibrosarcoma. Given the tumor's size, location and aggressiveness, and the consequent difficulty of securing a tumor-free margin without extensive penetration into the chest, we are considering palliative care options. This is where the questions arise:
  1. The tumor is pushing out against the skin along his ribs, and we're concerned about ulceration. Is repeated aspiration of the fluids in this type of lump a reasonable and safe method to avoid the problem, especially over many months?
  2. Apart from the tumor itself, is the necrosis and minor bleeding described by our doctor causes for concern? That is, is there any likelihood that these conditions could create problems of their own; in the intervening time before the tumor runs its course? If so, is there anything we can do to improve the situation?
Anything you can tell us would be most helpful.

Answer:

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