Pancreatic tumors are rare and can cause varying clinical signs.
How are pancreatic tumors diagnosed?
You, your family veterinarian, and our veterinary surgeons will use multiple diagnostic modalities to diagnose your pet. Your primary care veterinarian will do a physical exam, bloodwork and X-rays to begin the diagnosis. An abdominal ultrasound will need to be performed to characterize the mass and samples can be taken to determine the type of mass present.
How are pancreatic tumors treated?
Surgical treatment gives the best prognosis in pets suffering from this disease (though variable depending on the type and location of the mass). Insulinomas tend to carry a better long-term prognosis than adenocarcinomas.
Post-operative pancreatitis is a common occurrence with surgery.