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Cats + Tumors

  • Visceral vascular tumors are tumors that develop from the blood vessels found in the internal organs of the body, most commonly the heart, liver, and spleen, although other locations, such as the urinary bladder, are possible. There are two forms of visceral vascular tumors: hemangiomas and hemangiosarcomas. Certain breeds, such as German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers, are particularly predisposed to developing hemangiosarcoma. The clinical signs vary depending on the location of the tumor. This type of tumor is often diagnosed with ultrasound of the chest or abdomen depending on the location of the tumor. Surgery is the recommended treatment option and chemotherapy may be recommended.

  • Cancer is classically described as the abnormal growth of a specific cell type with the potential to invade many parts of the body and damage organs or tissues. Cancer has many hallmarks, including its ability to evade the immune system’s safeguards, uncontrollably proliferate, and metastasize (spread). Several genetic and environmental factors have been implicated in the development of cancers, though their origin is likely multifactorial. This handout broadly describes what cancer is, what causes it, what the signs are, and how it can be diagnosed and treated.

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