Unfortunately, most of the apudoma tumors are cancerous (malignant) and by the time they’re discovered, it’s too late to treat them. However, aggressive medical management can sometimes relieve the symptoms and give the animal additional months (or even years) to live. Exploring a pancreatic mass surgically is important for diagnosis, but also to establish a treatment regimen.
Living and Management
Your pet will need frequent physical examinations, as well as careful observation at home. The veterinarian may also want to conduct X-rays and ultrasound exams from time to time to measure the progression of the disease and the effectiveness of the treatment. As there is no cure for the disease, the best you can hope for is to keep your pet comfortable and pain free for a few months, or even years.
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
A compound made up of a group of amino acids; aids in the digestion of certain proteins
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
a) inhaling b) getting out fluid or gas by the act of sucking.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The whole system involved in digestion from mouth to anus
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
A medical condition in which the stomach becomes inflamed