What is oncology?
Oncology specialists treat patients with cancer. Sadly, cancer is relatively common in cats and dogs and according to the AVMA, almost half of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer.
Finding out that your pet has (or might have) cancer can be devastating. Understandably, owners often need time to process this news and will invariably have lots of questions. Why has this happened? Are we sure about the diagnosis? Is my pet suffering? What are the treatment options? What are the side effects of chemotherapy? What is radiation therapy? How much would treatment cost? What are the palliative options? Is this curable? Should I put my pet through surgery? How long has my pet got left? What is the prognosis?
These are just some of the questions that owners will have if their pet is diagnosed with cancer. Our specialists have the expertise to answer your questions, talk you through all of the options, and help you decide what is best for both you and your pet. Veterinary oncology is a rapidly developing field and excellent treatment options are available for many types of cancer in cats and dogs. Even in those cases where treatment might not be possible (due to the type of cancer, availability of certain drugs or distance from radiation facilities or due to financial constraints), discussing the diagnosis and potential options with a specialist can often be very helpful. Our specialists can help with all types of cancer. Some examples include;
- Mast cell tumours and other tumours of the skin
- Bladder tumours / transitional cell carcinoma
- Liver and pancreatic cancer
- Mammary tumours
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Bone tumour / osteosarcoma
- Lung tumours
- Tumours of the nervous system