Some Common Cancer Terms

Become Familiar with These Descriptions

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Learning about cancer can be scary; read up on the following terms and descriptions so that you'll be in the know when discussing your pet's health with your veterinarian:

  • Tumor: A growth made up of abnormal cells. Also known as a mass or a lump, a tumor can be either benign or malignant.
  • Benign tumor: A non-cancerous growth that is usually confi ned only to the affected area.
  • Malignant tumor: A cancerous growth that is capable of spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Metastasis: The spread of cancer cells from the primary affected area to other parts of the body via the bloodstream or lymphatic system. 

Financial Protection Against Pet Cancer

VPI medical plans already include some cancer coverage for conditions such as skin cancer, bone cancer and leukemia. For those seeking more protection, VPI offers a Cancer Rider, which increases the policy’s reimbursement benefits.

This rider is not available online. Please call 866-VET-PETS for more details.

Further Reading:

Pet Cancer Awareness 
It may surprise you to know that cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of pets.

Is Pet Cancer Treatable? 
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, there are more options for treating pets with cancer, helping improve their longevity and quality of life.

Pet Cancer Early Warning Signs
Contact your veterinarian if your dog or cat displays any of these signs. Remember, early detection is critical in the fight against pet cancer!

Learn more about VPI Pet Insurance:

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