Cancer is still a disease commonly and often best treated with surgery.
Cancer surgery involves deciding whether we are going for curative intent surgery, palliative surgery, or biopsy surgery. Each option will involve a different approach, different planning, and a quite different level of surgery.
It is possible that cancer surgery will be combined with chemotherapy to give your pet the best chance of recovery from the disease.
There are likely to be requirements for working up the patient prior to surgery, involving blood tests, biopsies, xrays and possibly CT scanning to establish the extent of the cancer and its type.
Surgery then involves planning how much tissue needs to be removed, and how the wound can best be managed after removal. This may involve closure at the time of surgery, or if the wound is particularly large, closure at a later date in a staged procedure.
The most important part of cancer surgery involves making sure we do no harm. In other words, there needs to be a clear benefit to performing the surgery.
Good surgical candidates are those in otherwise good health, with the ability for us to remove as much tissue as we need to in order to achieve our surgical goals, and have a plan for managing the wound after surgery.
Time involved in clinic
This depends entirely on the degree of surgery performed and the location and type of the cancer. Some patients will be discharged the same day as surgery, others will remain in the clinic for several days after surgery.
Rest after surgery is important, especially if muscles have been cut to access the cancer. This period of rest may be several weeks but varies enormously.
How to book
Give reception a ring on 09 238 7486 to discuss transfer of your patient to our clinic for assessment and treatment. You may be asked to bring any clinical notes, xrays images, and medications with you when you come.