Our veterinarian specialists in Annapolis are passionate about the work they do to extend and save lives, and we’re extremely proud of the successes that have come and gone through our front doors. Today, we would like to focus on a few memorable patients that we’ve had the privilege of getting to know during their cancer treatment.
Rocco was treated at CVSS and Atlantic Veterinary Internal Medicine & Oncology, and just recently graduated from treatment for mast cell tumors.
Delsey is a 7-year old Mastiff who had her last treatment for osteosarcoma on March 14.
Thais is 10 years young and such a sweetie! She recently celebrated the 1-year anniversary for her thyroid carcinoma diagnosis and is cancer-free!
Zena just graduated from her osteosarcoma treatment (she was too cool to wear her graduation cap).
Mast Cell Tumors
Mast cell tumors (MCT) are quite common in dogs. While they generally appear on the skin, mast cell tumors can also affect other parts of the body, such as the liver, spleen, bone marrow, and GI tract. The tumors can also appear anywhere on the body.
Treatment options for MCT include chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. It truly depends on the condition of the pet and how far their condition has progressed. Early detection and treatment is the best chance for success.
Bone cancer is a condition most often found in larger breeds, though virtually any breed of dog can be affected. Bone cancer metastasizes quickly and is very aggressive, making an early diagnosis and treatment essential. A common sign of bone cancer in dogs is lameness, which may either develop slowly or suddenly.
Possible treatment options may include amputation or limb-sparing surgery and chemotherapy.
Thyroid carcinoma or thyroid cancer is affects the thyroid glands. Malignant tumors may spread to other organs in the body, and are more common in dogs than cats. A dog with thyroid cancer may not have any obvious clinical symptoms, but they may have a lump or mass on their neck. Masses on the thyroid glands may be surgically removed if possible, or they can be treated with chemotherapy or radiation.