Dog Sebaceous Carcinoma Surgery Alternative
My dog is a 12 year old neutered male Siberian husky. He had a growth above his left eye which grew quite rapidly. It seemed to itch and it bled when he scratched at it. Our veterinarian recommended surgical removal.
It was removed in November 2013. The histopathology showed that it was sebaceous carcinoma and excision was complete.
I am including the comments from the pathology report listed under Microscopic: a multilobular, unencapsulated epithelial neoplasm extends from the dermis to the subcutis. Surface of the mass is ulcerated and inflamed. Neoplasm is comprised of basaloid reserve cells, intermediate cells and sebaceous cells that have a disorganized lobular arrangement. The lobules often have central cystic degeneration and are supported by fibrous septa. Nests of neoplastic cells have provoked a desmoplastic reaction along tumor edges. There are small foci of lymphatic invasion. Narrowest clean margin is 1.5 mm. Excision is complete.
I recently noticed that he has another growth in the same area. This one is not bleeding and inflamed yet. Our vet wants to removed this growth surgically. She didn't do a needle aspiration because it might not be conclusive.
I have done my best to photograph the growth (see pictures above). It is covered by fur and not easily viewable. It is 13 mm in diameter.
I understand these types of growths are likely to recur so I am wondering if there is any type of remedy other than surgery.
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