Tag Archives: cancer

Does My Cat Need a Biopsy?

The Animal Medical Center’s webmaster received the following electronic query: “My cat has a mass on its toe and my veterinarian has recommended amputation of the toe. Should the mass be biopsied instead?” Here is my response: Maybe Not a Biopsy Given how small a cat toe is, a biopsy might not be possible. Once

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Radiation Therapy Machines: Machines and Methods

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Since the goal of Pet Cancer Awareness Month is to educate pet owners about cancer, I am going to devote this week’s blog to clearing up some of the confusion over the various forms of radiation therapy. Radiation therapy machines treat cancer by delivering high energy radiation to a tumor,

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Toe Tumors in a Dog: A Cancer Survivor's Story

This photo shows something unique. Look carefully and you will see a dog with three toes on each foot. No, he wasn’t born this way, Pogo is a cancer survivor. The missing toes were amputated because of a cancer diagnosis in a toe on each of his front feet. How common are toe tumors? Research

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Tail Amputations: Are They Really Necessary?

Every few months I am invited by my colleague, Dr. Francis Adams of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, to be a guest on his radio program, Dr. Radio, a SirusXM channel focusing on health. I get to be the veterinarian on call and answer listener’s questions. During the March 1 show, a listener asked about

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Canine Lymphoma: A Quick Snapshot

A microscopic view of lymphoma cells

Today, like many days I spend in AMC’s Cancer Institute I saw a dog patient diagnosed just a few days ago with lymphoma. What appears below is a summary of my conversation with the dog’s family about lymphoma and the options for treatment of their beloved companion. What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph

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