Malignant tumors are a mass of cells that have the potential to metastasize (spread) to distant organs such as the lymph nodes, lungs, and liver.
What you need to know…
- These tumors tend to invade adjacent tissues (bone) causing swelling and pain.
- An early diagnosis (biopsy) allows for the best treatment options.
- Surgical resection is the preferred treatment.
How a MALIGNANT TUMOR may look:
Possible Therapy / Treatment:
The tumor size, tumor type, review of the published research and the results of staging will direct the treatment strategy. For example, this squamous cell carcinoma of the gingiva offers a better prognosis than one of the tongue or tonsillar region or a fibrosarcoma requires larger surgical margins than other tumors. The pet owner is counseled on type of surgery, potential complications, post procedure appearance and return to function after treatment.
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