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barks feature | saving their own skin Limit sun exposure during peak UV radiation hours, especially for the sun-loving pets out there. diagnosing skin cancer nce an area of concern is identified, your vet will insert a needle into the tumor to collect cells for examination under the microscope. This procedure, called a needle aspirate, is usually painless for your pet. “For many tumors, this is where we get our answer,” says Dr. Chon. “But sometimes that test isn’t definitive and we need to proceed to a biopsy. Even with a biopsy, we might need to use special stains on the cells to help reveal the patient’s specific cancer type.” kicking cancer nowing the exact type of cancer is important for making the best decisions regarding treatment. Surgical removal is often the first treatment for skin cancer, although there are cases where surgery is not an option (such as multiple tumors, evidence the tumor spread to other organs, or the tumor being too large or complex for safe removal). Some cancers may require radiation Dr. Esther Chon is supported in her research work by a two-year fellowship through the Morris Animal Foundation. Dr. Chon is investigating specific cell functions in canine malignant melanoma that might offer new avenues for treatment not only for animals, but for people, too! therapy and/or chemotherapy instead of or in addition to surgery. Melanomas can also be treated with immunotherapy. “The best-case scenario is a small tumor that hasn’t spread,” says Dr. Chon. “We can use surgical excision to remove the macroscopic tumor along with the surrounding microscopic cells. Then, if necessary, we can use radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy to sterilize or kill any remaining cancer cells.” Early detection is key in beating cancer. If you find or feel a suspicious growth on or under your pet’s skin, don’t delay in making an appointment with your veterinarian. The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the likelihood of a happy and healthy outcome for both you and your pet! fighting the good fight orris Animal Foundation, a global leader in advancing animal health, recently launched its annual Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign. You can be a part of the team by downloading their Pet Cancer Prevention Checklist or searching their online pet cancer resources. You can also sign up for the June 28 Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk or make a donation to support cancer research. Visit unitetofight.morrisanimalfoundation.org for more information. For more information on studies founded by Morris Animal Foundation, visit MorrisAnimalFoundation.org. the surf & turf issue 31


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