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Nose cancer in cats and dogs

The most common type of cancers affecting the animal's nose are carcinomas and sarcomas, both of which are locally invasive. The most common sites for metastasis are the lymph nodes and the lungs, but can also include other organs.

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Signs and symptoms

Signs vary but may include bleeding from the nose, nasal discharge,facial deformity from bone erosion and tumor growth, sneezing, or difficulty breathing.


Standard X-rays are still acceptable and readily accessible imaging tools but their resolution and level of anatomical detail are not as good as for computed tomography (CT) scan. In order to definitively confirm cancer in the nasal cavity, a tissue biopsy should be obtained. [1]


Radiation therapy has become the preferred treatment. Its advantage is that it treats the entire nasal cavity together with the affected bone and has shown the greatest improvement in survival. The radiation therapy is typically delivered in 10-18 treatment sessions over the course of 2-4 weeks.


  1. ^ Withrow SJ, MacEwen EG, eds (2001). Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 3rd ed., W.B. Saunders Company. 

External link

  • Nasal Cavity Cancer in Cats and Dogs from Pet Cancer Center
  • Nasal Planum Cancer in Cats and Dogs from Pet Cancer Center'
  • Tumors of the Nose from Merck Veterinary Manual
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