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Feature August 2018 Issue

Why Did the Tumor Grow Back?

It’s important for the cat owner to remember that pathology is an art as well as a science, particularly when it comes to margin assessments.

Why Did the Tumor Grow Back?

Unfortunately, this does happen in some cases. 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.

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