Squamous cell carcinoma in cats: Early detection is best

June 27, 2017
Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (oncology)
Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (oncology)

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker and book author. She is one of about 300 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America and is currently practicing at the VCA Animal Specialty & Emergency Center in the Wappingers Falls, New York.

Dr. Sue Ettinger says treatment options aren't great, so watch for these oral tumors early on.

As advanced as veterinary cancer treatments have become, squamous cell carcinoma doesn't readily succumb to any solution. CVC educator Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (oncology), says, "Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy have unfortunately not increased survival time." She advocates for early detection when tumors may be more treatable but focuses on palliative care and pain management in advanced cases. Watch the video to learn more.

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