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Cancer Surgery for Dogs Foxboro MA

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.

Mansfield Animal Hospital
(508) 452-7752
619 East Street
Mansfield, MA
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Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday Closed
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Animal Microchipping, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Norton Animal Hospital
(508) 205-9996
147 West Main St
Norton, MA
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Monday 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Compassionate Care Veterinary Center
(781) 374-2404
1147 N. Main St.
Randolph, MA
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Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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VCA Whitman Animal Hospital
(781) 523-5465
795 Bedford St.
Whitman, MA
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Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Sunday Closed
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Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Highland Animal Hospital
(781) 328-9932
31 Wellesley Ave
Needham, MA
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Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Lloyd Animal Medical Center
(781) 318-5765
1995 Washington St
Stoughton, MA
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Monday 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Bellingham Animal Hospital
(508) 321-9034
112 Mendon St
Bellingham, MA
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Monday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Animal Boarding, Animal Microchipping, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Diamond Hill Animal Clinic
(401) 405-4853
35 Pine Swamp Rd
Cumberland, RI
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Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Angell Animal Medical Center
(617) 446-6290
350 South Huntington Ave
Boston, MA
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VCA South Shore (Quincy) Animal Hospital
(617) 657-3697
579 Adams St
Quincy, MA
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Monday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Sunday Closed
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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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