Treatment Options for a Dog with Adenocarcinoma of the Apocrine Gland
Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
Our 7-year-old male Westie recently had surgery for adenocarcinoma of the apocrine gland. We were interested in additional information since it is apparently rather rare.
Lili Duda, VMD, Editor of the OncoLink Veterinary Oncology Section, responds:
Treatment depends in part on the specific location of the primary tumor. In general, these tumors are locally invasive, and have the potential to spread to draining lymph nodes and lung. The most important part of the treatment is to control the primary tumor (with surgery and/or radiation therapy). Chemotherapy might be indicated if there is risk of spread of the primary tumor, which is based on staging evaluation (chest X-rays, +/- abdominal ultrasound depending on tumor type and location, and aspiration cytology of the draining lymph nodes) and the biopsy report (microscopic evaluation of the tumor).
OncoLink is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through OncoLink should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem or have questions or concerns about the medication that you have been prescribed, you should consult your health care provider.
Information Provided By: www.oncolink.org | © 2016 Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania