When in doubt, cut it out! But by how much?

A look at margins for mast cell tumor excision

Regardless of its mysterious provenance, the 3-cm margin for MCT excision has been widely adopted. Given the technical difficulty of this practice and the risk of post-surgical complications, it is likely many patients have suffered such complications or even been denied treatment for their disease due to the lack of an available veterinarian comfortable performing such an aggressive surgical excision. The adoption of standards without strong evidence has real-world consequences for our patients.

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