Examining the Spindle Cell Carcinoma in Dogs

Spindle cell carcinoma in dogs refers to malignant tumors in connective tissues. These tumors grow in between the organs, forming tendons and ligaments. The carcinoma is not mobile, and will feel solid on palpitation. Spindle cell carcinoma is a common tumor in large breeds of dogs, and in older animals, particularly on the limbs.

Diagnosing Spindle Cell Carcinoma in Dogs

Your vet can diagnose spindle cell carcinoma by x-rays and aspiration via needle. Additionally, your vet will most likely take a biopsy of the tissue for testing. These tests can also determine if the tumor is a form of lymphoma, a fatal cancer that can develop overnight, or an adenocarcinoma, which is a cancer of the glands.

Treating Dog Spindle Cell Carcinoma

Although amputation may be possible if the tumor is on a leg or the tail, surgery is typically the preferred option, due to the long term effects of each procedure. In some locations, radiation therapy is used, but chemotherapy has proven ineffective for treatment of carcinoma.