Cardiff

Staging for Canine and Feline Cancer Patients – The Blood Testing Stage

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Now that you’ve read The Importance of Staging for Pets With Cancer, Part 1, it’s time to move on to the next group of diagnostics used when staging cancer patient. Staging is the process of combining a veterinarian’s physical examination with a variety of diagnostic tests to help determine if the presence of cancer is […]

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What is Staging and Why Is it Important for the Pet Cancer Patient?

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When a pet is diagnosed with cancer, the degree to which the body is affected by disease often isn’t immediately obvious. While an owner may see a mass-like lesion on a pet’s limb, masses having the same or different cellular makeup can potentially lurk elsewhere in the body. For descriptive purposes, I use the term mass-like […]

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After Cancer Remission, Using Chemotherapy to Prevent Recurrence

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Now that Cardiff has fully healed from the surgeries to remove his small intestinal tumor and nine skin masses, it’s time to pursue the plan for chemotherapy. This is not the first time Cardiff has undergone chemotherapy, as his first course involved seven months of University of Wisconson-Madison Canine Lymphoma Protocol (aka CHOP), ending in July 2014. […]

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Microscopic vs Macroscopic Disease — What is the Difference?

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This article is originally found on PetMD as Microscopic vs Macroscopic Disease — What is the Difference?  Now that the Cardiff has recovered from two surgeries to remove an intestinal tumor and multiple skin masses, it’s time move onto the topic of treating cancer that could still be lurking in his body.   Surgery to […]

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What Makes One Skin Mass Cancerous and Another Non-Cancerous?

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When an owner thinks of a mass, regardless of the location on the body, cancer should always come to mind. Yet, not all masses that grow inside or on surface of the body are actually cancerous.   I’m well aware of such varying results in my patients, but the reality of being faced with my […]

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