Cancer is a leading cause of death in pet dogs and cats. It is estimated that almost 50 percent of geriatric dogs and 33 percent of cats will die of cancer. As the pet population in the United States continues to age, cancer in pet animals is expected to become an even more significant problem in the field of animal health.
In this retrospective study from a veterinary teaching hospital, the medical records of 14 dogs with tumors of the retroperitoneal space (excluding those arising from the kidneys, adrenal glands, or ureters) were reviewed.
Localized primary tumors with a minimal risk for metastasis are commonly treated with surgery or radiation. But chemotherapy may occasionally be used to treat these tumors instead of or in addition to standard local therapy.
Technological advances and practitioner compliance appear to have lessened the risk of cancer in veterinarians, although potentially carcinogenic exposures are still an unfeigned threat to the profession.