Care for cancer

“Cancer” is a word that evokes fear in just about everyone. A veterinary oncologist is a person who can provide hope and comfort.

Veterinary oncologists diagnose and treat pet cancers. The goal of the oncology team is to provide the patient with a cure or, if a cure is not possible, the most comfortable quality of life for as long as possible. Advanced diagnostic testing for cancers, including ultrasound, CT scans and biopsy procedures, may be used to identify the type, location and behavior of a particular tumor. Surgery, medications (called chemotherapy) and radiation therapy can be quite effective at shrinking or eliminating tumors and making the patient more comfortable.

Cancers often treated by our oncologists include:

  • Lymphoma
  • Mast cell tumors
  • Melanoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Soft-tissue sarcoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Thyroid adenomas and carcinomas
  • Transitional cell carcinomas
  • Mammary gland tumors

Our oncologists also participate in various clinical trials. Clinical trials play a vital part in our discovery of new treatments. To view clinical trials now accepting qualified patients, visit our current clinical trials page.

For more information about board-certified oncology specialists, visit the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Oncology at acvim.org.