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We have an eleven and a half year old part Staffordshire

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We have an eleven and a half year old part Staffordshire bull terrier and part lab who has recently been found to have a large tumour (approximately the size of an orange) in his chest. We are deeply distressed and desperately want to help him but don't want to put him through major surgery as we are worried he might not survive such a big surgery. Is there anything else that could be done to stop the tumour from growing even more. Also, I want very much to feed him the right food. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks. We love this dog so very much.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  MsAM replied 1 year ago.

Hello Angela,

I apologize that no one has responded to your question sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just came online and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in canine cancer. I'm so sorry to hear of this diagnosis.A great deal depends on the nature of the tumor. Some additional information will be useful.

Has your vet told you what kind of tumor this is - hemangiosarcoma, liposarcoma, etc.?

Has a biopsy been done?

Have you seen an oncologist, or only your local vet?

I can give you information on the best ways to feed a dog with cancer, but will wait for this other information before proceeding. Thank you.