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Features March 2015 Issue

Inroads to Better Treatment  of a Common, Deadly Cancer

A dog with a mass in his spleen can appear very weak.

Inroads to Better Treatment of a Common, Deadly Cancer

New research may lead to extending life for dogs with a cancer of blood vessels in the spleen.

One of the most common things we see is dogs who are brought in with splenic masses,” says John Berg, DVM, a Tufts veterinary surgeon with a particular interest in certain types of cancer. He’s talking about masses that develop in the spleen, the abdominal organ (in both dogs and people) whose major function is to store emergency supplies of red blood cells as well as other components of blood. And the masses Dr. Berg is talking about can be “huge — volleyball-size,” he notes.

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