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Diagnosis

Staging, Grading: 

 

Imagine defeating an enemy you did not know. What is the threat? What are the tools to defeat this enemy? This is exactly what your veterinarian is thinking when he or she considers staging or grading the cancer: Understanding where the cancer is in the body, the name of the cancer and the degree of aggressiveness. By understanding the enemy, we can defeat it.

 

Each tumor is different and unique. Each one must firstbe given a name; this is only possible with a biopsy orcytology (a test that helps determine the type of tumor).Once the tumor type is named and where appropriate,given a grade (description of how aggressive it is) by an experienced, highly trained histopathologist, we can thenbegin to defeat it.

 

The “stage” of cancer is the determination of the extentof the disease within the body. A thorough physical examination,blood tests, radiotherapy (X-rays) and ultrasound are oftenused, among other tests, to find the location of the cancer.• Quality of life is our first and greatest goal. By understandingthe location, extent and grade of the cancer we can maximizequality of life.




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