Q. Cancerous tumor in her toe needs to be amputated will she live
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM
A. Of course the type of cancer is very important to help evaluate survival time, and progression of disease. I would be happy to consult with you in more detail. If your veterinarian is proceeding with amputation, I would assume that no metastatic disease has been observed. ( cancer that has spread to other organs such as the lungs or liver). In many cases amputation can be curative, but again, it depends on the type and stage of your dogs cancer. Dogs recover amazingly well from digit, and even whole limb amputations, so that would be the least of my concern. Post amputation management such as chemotherapy would be my next consideration, and again would be based on diagnosis, stage, and metastatic progression.