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Do you need me to send the Xray?
Ok, if you can that would be helpful.
Were there any chestxrays as well?
I don't know if it matters but this was taken while the joint area was swollen
Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer) is considered a rare cancer in cats. The symptoms of osteosarcoma are related to the bone or bones involved. The usual symptom is intermittent lameness in a forelimb or hindlimb without any known trauma or injury. There may be a painful area over a long bone or you may notice a hard swelling.
I have received the image, I will take a look at it.
The key diagnostic tests for osteosarcoma are radiographs and histopathology (Biopsy). Radiographs (x-ray) of osteosarcoma have a typical "moth-eaten" appearance. It looks like there is an area like that on jackson's radiograph. If a suspicious area like this is observed, either a fine-needle aspirate or a bone biopsy of the lesion needs to be performed to make a final diagnosis. Care must be taken when performing bone biopsies due to the increased risk of bone fracture of the weakened and cancerous bone. Although the incidence of biopsy-induced fracture is low, many cats become lamer and more painful immediately following bone biopsy procedures.
Blood tests and radiographs of the chest are also often performed as part of the diagnostic work-up, to search for additional lesions or underlying medical conditions. Up to 90% of these tumors will have metastasized or spread to the lungs at the time of diagnosis, but because of the small initial size of the metastatic lesions, less than 10% will initially show up on a chest x-ray.
That's why I asked if you also have a chest x-ray.
Treatment of osteosarcoma should be based both on the patient's condition at the time of diagnosis and the wishes of the owner. Osteosarcoma is a highly metastatic cancer meaning that it is very likely to spread to other parts of the body. This results in an overall less favorable prognosis than for a malignant tumor that is not highly metastatic. Traditional treatments for osteosarcoma include amputation of the affected limb to address local pain issues, followed by systemic chemotherapy for the treatment of distant metastasis.
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Ok thank you very much
I do not have another xray but I think I will take him in for one more
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