Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs Treatment Options

In most hemangiosarcoma in dogs,  the tumor is likely to have metastasised when symptoms are visible. Hence, chemotherapy is usually required, in addition to other treatments for hemangiosarcoma in dogs.

Splenic Hemangiosarcoma

Splenic tumor tends to rupture and cause internal bleeding. Removal of the entire spleen is required to stop fatal bleeding. About 25% of dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma will also have cardiac (heart-based) hemangiosarcoma.

Prognosis
Surgery only: 3 weeks-3 months
Surgery and chemotherapy: 5-7 months

Cardiac (heart-based) Hemangiosarcoma

Where possible, the tumor is surgically removed and excess blood and fluid are drained from the pericardium (the outer layer that covers the heart).

Prognosis
– Surgery only: 3-5 months

Hemangiosarcoma of the Skin

The tumor and a wide margin of the healthy tissue  surrounding it are removed by surgery.

– Cutaneous Hemangiosarcoma
This type of tumor occurs on the outer layer of the skin and has the best prognosis of all types of hemangiosarcoma in dogs. Surgery may well be the only treatment required if the tumor has not spread internally.

– Subcutaneaous Hemangiosarcoma
Tumor below the skin is more likely to spread to other parts of the body. Hence, chemotherapy is recommended following surgery. In addition to surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy is used when the tumor is not completely removed.

Prognosis
– Surgery only: 6-10 months

Mushroom Extract (I’m-Yunity): Potentially Viable Treatment For Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

In a study published in 2012, dogs with hemangiosarcoma that were treated with the Coriolus Versicolor mushroom extract supplement, I’m-Yunity, had the longest survival times ever reported for dogs with the disease. They lived beyond a year with only this mushroom extract as treatment. Prior to this study, the longest reported median survival time of dogs with hemangiosarcoma of the spleen that underwent no further treatment was 86 days.

More about the promising findings of this study here –>
I’m-Yunity: Mushroom Extract Increases Survival Time in Dogs with Hemangiosarcoma

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Source: http://www.vet.uga.edu/vpp/clerk/frankhauser/index.php

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