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Hemangiosarcoma

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Condition Overview

Hemangiosarcoma is a tumor of the vascular tissues.

Symptoms

This cancer may be noticed as a lump on a rib or an abdominal swelling, but can progress unnoticed while growing on the heart, liver, or spleen. The cancerous growths are quite fragile and often break off, "seeding" cancer throughout the body. Alternatively, the first sign may be sudden death as a large area of the tumor ruptures and the dog bleeds to death internally.

Causes

Information needed.

Diagnosis

Information needed.

Treatment

Surgery and chemotherapy may help prolong survival times but cures are virtually never seen, even with surgery done before there are detectable metastases.

Prevention

There is no prevention for this condition.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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