Anal gland tumors are aggressive may recur locally. In most cases, these tumors will initially spread to regional lymph nodes in the sublumbar region (over 50%) and the lungs (~20-30%). Approximately 25-50% will also be hypercalcemic at diagnosis. The best treatment for these tumors is local therapy (surgical resection +/- radiation), systemic chemotherapy, receptor-targeted therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications. Dogs treated with a combination of surgery, +/-radiation, and chemotherapy median survival times were approximately 12-18 months. However, some patients may go on for 24-36 months if there is no evidence of tumor spread with multi-modality therapy typically consisting of surgery + chemotherapy or surgery + radiation + chemotherapy. In patients where the tumor cannot be removed that are treated with systemic therapy, survival times usually range from 6-8 months and up to 12 months or less pending on the size of the tumor and if disease spread was noted at the start of therapy.
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