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Oncology is the treatment of cancer and involves one or a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Cancer is, unfortunately, more common than one would think in our animal companions with 75% of dogs over the age of 10 and 1 in 4 dogs of any age, dying of cancer every year.  Thus, it is crucial that owners be diligent and not take the “wait and see” approach when it comes to lumps and bumps on their animals. Most lumps and bumps can be sampled non-invasively with an answer available within 30 minutes.  And, if found early enough, the majority of tumors can be kept in remission for a very long time, or even cured, in some cases.

Because of the finite lifespan of our animal patients, the practice of veterinary oncology is quite different from that of humans.  Our goal is not just prolongation of life but QUALITY of life and each visit to CVRC is centered around making sure that the patient is still participating in things they love to do (chasing squirrels, playing Frisbee, or taking naps on the beach!).

At CVRC’s cancer center, with our advanced imaging modalities, we have the ability to detect cancer as small as 1 mm, which allows for earlier diagnosis, timely treatment, and thus, a better prognosis and chance for survival.

Chemotherapy, is the use of different formulations of drugs to treat various cancers.  The injectable drugs are given through a small needle either directly into a vein or under their skin and cause no more discomfort than a routine vaccine.  For your pet’s safety, we use the Phaseal ®system which is the only clinically proven Closed System Drug Transfer Device (CSTD) that prevents hazardous drug interaction with the environment.  This allows quick and safe administration, so that your pet can be back home with you as soon as possible, usually within 30 minutes to an hour.

While about 50% of patients will experience some side effect to their chemotherapy, the majority of these animals develop only mild to moderate nausea that can easily be controlled with anti-nausea medication.  If at any time, we feel that the quality of life of your animal is compromised, we adjust our treatment to ensure that they are enjoying life to the fullest.

We encourage you to come to the Cancer Center at CVRC for a consultation to discuss the many options we have available for your pet and feel that you will be pleasantly surprised with how veterinary oncology has evolved and how much can be done once to give you as much time with your pet as possible.

The most common forms of cancer among pets are Lymphoma and skin tumors but cancer can occur in any organ system anywhere in the body and the sooner it is caught the better chance your pet has of beating the disease.

If your pet exhibits any of the following, further investigation is warranted to rule out the presence of cancer:

·          Lumps or bumps

·          Drinking too much water

·          Vomiting

·          Weight loss

·          Any major changes in appetite, activity or behavior


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