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Cancer Surgery for Dogs Columbia SC

The best time to obtain clean margins during surgical excision of a malignant tumor is the first time. The most aggressive, i.e. mitotically active, cells are not located in the main, visible or palpable mass, but within its "legs" or tentacles.

Elam Animal Hospital
(803) 386-8919
3327 Forest Dr
Columbia, SC
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VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina
(803) 386-8907
3912 Fernandina Rd
Columbia, SC
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Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Dutch Fork Animal Hospital
(803) 574-9935
1780 Dutch Fork Rd
Irmo, SC
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Shandon-Wood Animal Hospital
(803) 254-9257
912 Daly St
Columbia, SC

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(803) 799-4302
900 Harden St
Columbia, SC

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(803) 875-0039
591 Saint Andrews Rd
Columbia, SC
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Spring Valley Animal Hospital
(803) 542-9328
8913 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, SC
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Monday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Julie M. Delger
(803) 561-0015
3924 Fernandina Road
Columbia, SC
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Suber, L Andrew DVM
(803) 787-7333
4424 Devine St
Columbia, SC

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Columbia, SC

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Cancer Surgery Never as Good as First Time

Nasal fibrosarcoma in an 8-year-old German shepherd. Photo courtesy of Dr. Phil Zeltzman
Music critics claim that Sade’s song “Never as Good as the First Time” applies to personal relationships. We beg to differ. She was clearly referring to cancer surgery.

The best time to obtain clean margins during surgical excision of a malignant tumor is the first time. The most aggressive, i.e. mitotically active, cells are not located in the main, visible or palpable mass, but within its “legs” or tentacles. This is why it is so important to obtain clean margins the first time around.

Dirty margins will require radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a more aggressive excision to prevent a recurrence. Re-excision is always more complicated because it is difficult, if not impossible, to know how invasive we should be. The original tumor may have seeded cells in multiple tissue planes during the first attempt.

One easy way to think of the cancerous mass during the first excision is to consider it as grossly infected (read: covered in pus). Therefore, it shouldn’t come in contact with healthy tissues. Gloves, instruments and drapes should be changed before closing the surgical site.

It also is important to remove tumors en bloc. In other words, the main mass should not be shelled out with the intention of removing more tissue afterward.

Mast cell tumor on the hock of a 6-year-old boxer. Photo courtesy of Dr. Phil Zeltzman
The deep margin ofte...

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