Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Staging with Nuclear Medicine

Maine Coon Cat

Nuclear medicine or scintigraphy is a less common form of diagnostic testing used to screen cancer in dogs and cats. The primary reason is the cost and general availability of these tests.  It involves the use of expensive equipment, along with special requirements regarding … [Read more...]

Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Staging with CT scan and MRI

3D Image of a dog from MRI

It is essential to know where cancer exists before knowing how best to treat the disease.  The process of determining where that cancer exists in the patient is called staging of cancer and involves various diagnostic tools to evaluate the patient.  Computerized tomography … [Read more...]

Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Staging with X-Rays and Ultrasound

Performing an abdominal ultrasound

Staging of cancer is a process of determining where that cancer exists in the patient.  It involves various diagnostic tools to evaluate the patient.  Some procedures are more effective at screening particular areas of the body than others.  Each of these techniques of … [Read more...]

Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Staging

Staging cancer can help pet owners make good decisions for their pets.

Staging of cancer is a process of determining where that cancer exists in the patient.  It is an essential part of pretreatment evaluation of animals with cancer to make informed and practical decisions regarding the best type of treatment for the patient.  Often times, the … [Read more...]

Cancer in Dogs and Cats: TNM Staging

Doctors use x-rays to stage cancer in pets

Staging of cancer involves the process of determining where in the patient the disease exists.  The system was developed to describe how advanced the cancer is in dogs and cats.  This system, often referred to as the TNM system, takes into account the nature of the tumor at … [Read more...]