Local control provides a tissue diagnosis, decreases tumor burden to allow for adjunct therapy, and optimizes patient comfort in many cases.
Common Tumors of The Skin & Subcutis Include (but not limited to):
Knowledge of the tumor type, grade (severity of tumor behavior), and stage (tumor spread of disease) is important in determining the treatment and prognosis. Tumor Sampling includes:
Tumor Biopsy Techniques
An excisional (top figure) or incisional (bottom figure) may be recommended for tissue sampling.
Biopsy can prevent overtreatment or inappropriate treatment!
Removal of the tumor base without a ‘margin’ of normal tissue
Removal of a small portion from within the tumor
The type of surgical technique chosen will be unique to your pet and suspected tumor.
Tumor Staging Considerations
Prognosis ultimately depends on tumor type and behavior as well as the ability to gain local control through surgery. Consultation with an Oncology specialist will be strongly encouraged.