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Is liver cancer always fatal?

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Is liver cancer always fatal?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 5 years ago.
Hello there,

Sorry to hear about your situation.

How much of the liver is affected?

Was a liver biopsy done to determine the type of cancer?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

tHE LIVER AND SPLEEN ARE INFECTED. sAMPLE OF THE BLOATING FLUID WAS EXTRACTED YESTERDAY WHEN CANCER WAS DISCOVERED. tHEY DID NOT SAY THE TYPE OF CANCER OR POSSIBLY i MISSED IT.tHEY SAID THE CANCER IS WIDESPREAD. I'm GIVING DENAMARIN 225 MG FOR LIVER SPIRONOLACTONE FLOR BLOATING

Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 5 years ago.
Liver cancer is always bad news. If there is a benign cancer on a small part of the liver, it can be surgically removed and the life span is not affected. If the cancer is malignant, surgery and chemotherapy is possible if there is a single small lesion. If the cancer in your dog has already spread to the spleen the chance for survival is not good even with treatment. Liver cancer usually spreads fast and heads to the lungs. By the time the dogs show signs of problems the cancer has usually already spread beyond the chance for treatment. Denamarin does not help much in those cases and other options will not have a high survival rate even with treatment with a cancer type that has already spread.
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