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Cancer Surgery for Dogs Pass Christian MS

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.

Live Oak Animal Hospital
(228) 215-1667
409 St Louis St
Pass Christian, MS
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Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Gingles Animal Clinic
(228) 863-8490
18469 28th St
Long Beach, MS

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Palermo, Nikki M, Dvm - Animal Hospital-Orange Grove
(228) 832-6360
14086 Dedeaux Rd
Gulfport, MS

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A Pet's Memory Pet Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC
(228) 863-7389
1520 28th Street
Gulfport, MS
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North Bay Animal Hospital PA
(228) 392-4564
4144 Popps Ferry Rd
Diberville, MS

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(228) 641-2598
8102 Red Creek Road
Long Beach, MS
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Northwood Hills Animal Hospital
(228) 832-0125
12012 Mobile Ave
Gulfport, MS

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(228) 832-6360
14086 Dedeaux Rd
Gulfport, MS

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(228) 896-3613
1445 E Pass Rd
Gulfport, MS

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Biloxi, MS

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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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