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Feature March 2016 Issue

Why Did the Tumor Grow Back?

Tufts veterinary surgeon John Berg, DVM in action.

Why Did the Tumor Grow Back?

You were told that the surgeon got clean margins. Here are the benefits — and limitations — of assessing margins when a tumor is removed in an operation.

You sit anxiously in the waiting room while your cat undergoes surgery to remove a cancerous mass. Finally, after what seems like forever, the doctor comes out in his scrubs and tells you he was able to excise the malignant tumor and that he believes he got it all. Relieved but not yet “out of the woods,” you wait for the pathology report. Sure enough, it confirms the surgeon’s belief that he excised the cancer…

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