Cost of Treatment: $4,200.00 to $11,700.00
What is a Giant Cell Tumor?
A giant cell tumor is a malignant type of histiocytoma that grows beneath the skin. It typically affects middle-aged to senior dogs. Golden Retrievers and Rottweilers seem to be genetically predisposed to this type of cancer. This type of tumor is uncommon in dogs but it may be life-threatening if metastasis (spread to other organs) is present. As with other malignant tumors, early diagnosis and treatment are key for a better prognosis.
Giant Cell Tumor Symptoms
- Loss of appetite
- A detectable mass under the skin
- Abdominal pain (when the tumor has spread to abdominal organs)
Treatment for Giant Cell Tumors
Surgery is the treatment of choice for giant cells tumors. In cases where the tumor has spread to various organs, surgery is not the best choice and your dog may need to receive chemotherapy.
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