The characteristic deep invasiveness of this tumor, along with the difficulty in distinguishing between the tumor and normal fatty tissue, makes removal extremely difficult. Poorly defined tumor margins, the edges of the tumor mass, may also contribute to the high recurrence rate after surgical excision has been performed. A high percentage of post operative patients suffer recurrence within 3–16 months, at a rate estimated at 36–50 percent.
There is an exception, and that is when a tumor has been located in one of the limbs and the entire limb removed. However, amputation of an affected limb is recommended only when quality of life is affected, since these tumors cause little inconvenience unless they interfere with movement, cause pressure-related pain, or develop in a vitally important site, such as a major blood vessel. Amputation is also recommended before growth of the tumor can cross an attainable surgical margin.
Radiotherapy can be beneficial for long-term tumor control. A median survival rate of 40 months was estimated in a retrospective study of 13 dogs, with only one dog euthanized. Dogs with measurable disease may only have stabilization of the tumor (meaning, no further disruption of health. Your veterinarian will prescribe only those medications that have a direct relationship to the treatment method, such as those that will stop or slow tissue growth.
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
Anything that has been recognized as to be not what would be accepted as normal.
A growth of fat cells, benign in nature
Not being able to cause harm; the opposite of malignant.
The process of removing all or part of a body part; usually refers to a limb (arm or leg) and is done for medical reasons.
a) inhaling b) getting out fluid or gas by the act of sucking.
Refers to the quality of being fat or full of fat.
Moving or located away from the midline; located along the side