Feline fibrosarcoma in the cheek: A surgical story

When 9-year-old Daphne came to me at Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center for a mass in her left cheek, the biopsy results told the story cat owners least want to hear: Cancer, specifically, fibrosarcoma.
Daphne preop - PZ 2015

The surgery was tough, because there was so little skin to work with after the mass was removed. That’s why we used a “skin flap” in order to close the area.

Daphne immediate postop - PZ 2015

The great news is that three weeks post-op, she is doing great.

Daphne 3 wks postop - PZ 2015

Here’s to a full recovery, Daphne!

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman

Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a traveling veterinary surgeon in Pennsylvania & New Jersey. An award-winning author, he loves to share his adventures in practice along with information about vet medicine and surgery that can really help your pets. Dr. Zeltzman specializes in orthopedic, neurologic, cancer, and soft tissue surgeries for dogs, cats, and small exotics. By working with local family vets, he offers the best surgical care, safest anesthesia, and utmost pain management to all his patients. Sign up to get an email when he updates his blog, and follow him on Facebook, too!