Some accompanying matters relative to cancer
When the articles on cancers and tumours commenced in May, we had no inkling that so many weeks/ months would be needed to cover the salient topics associated with this ailment. And it seems that we will never stop. Last week, I had mentioned that we would decide on the new topic. Well, as our readers demand, there are a few more issues which should be considered before we conclude the discussions.
For starters, a reader of this column called in to ask whether a swelling of a dog’s extremities can be considered a tumour, since I have been writing that the word ‘tumour’ really means ‘swelling.’ Well, if the swelling is localized in one area of the leg (eg a swelling on the elbow like in the case of the hygroma/bursitis complex discussed in the column of June 1), then, yes, it can be considered a tumour (not necessarily a cancer). If the entire leg is swollen, then that’s a whole different matter, with possible serious origins (not lastly a heart condition). You would need to see your veterinarian immediately.