Q. Oral melanolam is it painful and can it be treated
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. The oral melanoma is often a malignant tumor that frequently metastatise (spread). The degree of pain that can be caused by the tumor could be very subjective and could depend on the structures (muscles, bones, nerves vessels) that are involved by the tumor. So the answer is yes, it may be painful.
In terms of treatment options, these are the most common (most commonly a combination of the following options):
- Radiation therapy (please ask your vet or request a consultation to discuss it in details)
- Immunotherapy: basically it is a kind of vaccination. The results of this treatment modality are quite promising
- Surgery: it could be quite invasive but would depend on the size and anatomic location and invasion of the tumor.