Lung Cancer in Dogs – Canine Cancer
Dogs, just like humans have many organs in their body, such as liver, kidneys and spleen just to name a few, which all function in a specific way with a special job they must preform to keep the body alive. Lung is the most important respiratory organ as it transports oxygen to bloodstream. The majority of lung cancers are carcinomas in nature. Lung cancer in dogs spreads quite rapidly and attack to central nervous system.
Symptoms may persist unnoticed from several weeks to months before it finally gets detected. The most general lung cancer in dogs symptoms include, coughing, intolerance disposition, and many other uneasy respiratory signs.
X-ray of the chest is the primary medical prescription. However, some other advanced imaging machine like CT scan can accomplish this task more perfectly. This is particularly helpful in order to identify the extent of the disease before any surgical treatment would be recommended.
Surgery would be the best option if one single lung tumor is detected and the dog is in good health. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are not so widespread in treatment of lung cancer. It should be noted that Metastatic cancer to the lung is not curable. Before any surgical intervention is taken the pet must fulfill all the required surgical parameters.
A good prediction of the disease can be made if the lung tumor is a single small mass, haven’t spread up to nervous system, in which ease the pet should be expected to live another one year following surgical removal of the tumor mass. However, the prognosis depends on several other factors such as the pet’s histological type, type/grade of cancer, and whether the cancer has metastasized to other organs like nervous system etc.