Today there is hope, and we are here to help – in every way possible. We specialize in the treatment of cancer in pets, emphasizing the
While every pet has a customized treatment plan, there are a few definitive steps we take to ensure optimal results. At the initial consultation, our board-certified veterinary oncologist will discuss your pet’s diagnosis in detail and recommend additional testing if necessary to ‘stage’ cancer – in other words, determining if the cancer is localized, or has spread to other parts of the body. This knowledge will help direct the course of treatment recommended.
Cytology – Examination of collected cells with a microscope to assist with a definitive diagnosis.
Bone marrow aspirate – Removal of bone marrow fluid with a needle for submission to a lab for cytology interpretation by a clinical pathologist.
Fine needle aspirate – Collection of cells with a needle from a suspected cancerous mass for submission to the lab for cytology interpretation by a clinical pathologist.
Biopsy – Surgical removal of a mass, either in part or in its entirety, for microscopic examination.
Digital radiography – Imaging the body using x-rays to help determine the health of internal structures and see if cancer has spread. All x-rays are reviewed by a board-certified radiologist.
Ultrasound – Imaging using ultrasonic waves to determine the health of internal structures and disease status. Ultrasounds are performed by a board-certified specialist.
Ultrasound-guided needle aspirate and biopsy – Using ultrasound to safely guide a needle or biopsy instrument to sample fluid or cells from inside the body.
Computerized tomography (CT) scan – An x-ray imaging modality that uses computer processing to generate a detailed evaluation of a body part or tumor.
Chemotherapy – The use of either oral or injectable medication to kill cancer cells.
Immunotherapy – Therapy that activates the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer cells.
Radiation therapy – The use of high-energy penetrating protons or electrons to destroy cancer cells or keep them from reproducing.
Palliative radiation therapy – Using radiation therapy to alleviate pain or slow tumor growth.
Surgery – Removal of all or a portion of a mass.
With our expertise, training, and genuine compassion, rest assured we can offer your pet the best chance at a longer, healthier life.
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