It is important to understand which type of cancer a pet has to enable a targeted treatment. After all, not all tumours are similar.
Some tumour types are benign and are no immediate threat. Other tumour types are malignant and should be dealt with as soon as possible. The malignant behaviour can limit itself to local aggressive growth into the surrounding tissue, but can also be characterized by metastases. Not all malignant tumours metastasize in a similar way. This is why it is important to determine the tumour type: this also allows for a more focused approach to trace metastases.
Not all tumours respond in a similar way to certain treatments. For example, some tumours are sensitive to chemo- or radiation therapy, while others are not. Cancer can be compared to an adversary: the more information is gained about it, the greater the chances are to find a weak spot that can help you defeat it.
Via a cancer diagnosis it is possible to:
- Determine which tumour type the pet has
- Confirm whether the tumour is benign or malignant. If it is malignant, it’s necessary to establish how aggressive the tumour is.