Atlas for the Diagnosis of Tumors in the Dog and Cat, Practitioners of the healing arts are trained to understand how the body functions as a community of organ systems that operates cooperatively in healthy homeostasis, and how they may lose varying degrees of function due to infectious, traumatic, or mechanical injury. In many cases it is not an “all or nothing” situation.
Atlas for the Diagnosis of Tumors in the Dog and Cat
A diagnosis or even a suspicion of cancer sometimes elicits a different reaction, evoking a black versus white, “either you have cancer or you don’t” response. The discovery of a mass can lead to an immediate and unsubstantiated assumption of fatal disease. This can delay evaluation and treatment of lesions that could be mitigated or cured if addressed in an early time frame.
The first chapter of this atlas is intended to give a brief overview of the methods used to produce a diagnosis and prognosis from a biopsy tissue sample. In the subsequent chapters, light microscope‐derived pictures of biopsy samples are paired with photomicrographs of cells obtained via fine needle aspiration (FNA), and certain signature findings applicable to both methods are compared as a means to bring additional point of care tools to the diagnostic menu.
The final chapter discusses sample handling, staining, and shipping, and although it is presented at the end of the text, achievement of a useful diagnosis really starts here.
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