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Features March 2015 Issue

Staging the Cancer Helps Determine Outcome, Too

As Tufts researchers work to develop a scoring system to help determine whether a splenic mass is a deadly cancer or a highly curable hematoma before the owner makes a decision to have surgery performed, they have also confirmed that the prognosis for dogs with hemangiosarcoma is tied closely to the cancer’s stage. When veterinarians talk about a cancer being stage 1, 2, or 3, they are referring to where the cancer is in the body. (“Grading” a cancer, on the other hand, is about what the disease looks like under a microscope.)

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