Listen below as Dr. Hohenhaus teaches us everything we need to know about mast cell cancer including:
What is the difference between a “mast cell” and a “mast cell tumor”?
How do does mast cell cancer present in dogs and cats?
Are there things we can do to prevent it, or catch it before it spreads?
What do vets do to diagnose mast cell cancer?
Is mast cell cancer treatable? If so, how?
What is the prognosis for this cancer?
Are there new treatments to help make mast cell cancer easier to live with?
After the show, Dr. Hohenhaus was kind to respond by email to a mast cell cancer question we didn’t get time to ask:
When is radiation therapy recommended for Mast Cell Cancer and how do we know if it will work?
Her response was:
Radiation therapy for the treatment of canine cutaneous mast cell tumors has been studied in a number of research publications starting in the early 1990’s. The results from these studies is similar. In dogs where mast cell tumors cannot be surgically removed with clean margins, radiation therapy administered to the area where the tumor has previously been removed prevented recurrence of the tumor in a large proportion of dogs. Dogs treated with radiation have experienced survival times well in excess of 2 years.
Radiation therapy is a local treatment and if the mast cell tumor is expected to spread systemically, chemotherapy is also indication.
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Sarge is about to show you that chemotherapy is nothing to be afraid of. With a great vet like Dr. Heintz and your good attitude, your pet can conquer osteosarcoma chemo. Here’s what it looks like:
Step 1: Pre-Chemotherapy Blood Draw
Step 2: Dr. Heintz Explains Chemo for Osteosarcoma
Step 3: Preparing the IV
Step 4: Medications Before Chemotherapy
Step 5: Giving IV Fluids
Step 6: Injecting Carboplatin Chemo Drug
Step 7: Relax and Get Spoiled
As you can see, chemotherapy for pets with cancer is a much different than it is for people. Animals don’t usually have bad side effects like nausea or losing hair and most bounce back quickly. Consult with a board-certified veterinary oncologist to learn if your dog or cat is a good candidate for chemotherapy to fight cancer.
Broadcast in February, this edition of Tripawd Talk Radio covers important information about osteosarcoma in dogs. We also discuss Dr. Worley’s first-of-it’s-kind Tripawd Gait Study and what she discovered when studying the walking gait of front and rear leg Tripawd amputee dogs.
Book 1 is geared toward pawrents whose dog is facing amputation and contains everything you need to know about amputation surgery and recovery. There’s also information about cancer diagnosis and treatment and coping with life after recovery. Book 2 gives more of a snapshot about pre and post-amputation surgery care but mainly focuses on how to stay strong on three legs at any age. Both feature:
All the best information found within the Tripawds community
Interviews with experts who understand how to make the most of life on three legs
Inspawrational examples of happy, healthy Tripawds
The Tripawds Library is your fast track to learning about canine tripawds. Although these books are not about cat Tripawds, in the future we will be adding a feline-friendly edition as our knowledgebase expands thanks to the growing number of kitty Tripawd members.
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