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The Difference Between Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Therapy and Interventional Radiology

November 15, 2017

At first glance, these three disciplines within veterinary medicine seem pretty much the same, but at the Animal Medical Center, diagnostic radiology, radiation therapy, and interventional radiology represent three different groups of veterinarians with three very different sets of background and training. What ties these three disparate groups together is their use of radiation to … Continue reading The Difference Between Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Therapy and Interventional Radiology

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Feline Lymphoma

November 23, 2016

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Last spring I wrote about canine lymphoma, so in honor of Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I would do the same for feline lymphoma. What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is cancer of the immune system. The immune system is distributed throughout the body to protect against infections. Lymphoma in … Continue reading Feline Lymphoma

Preventing Cancer in Your Pet

November 10, 2016

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Pet cancer can be just darn bad luck, but some cancers have a known cause. While you can’t change your large breed dog’s risk for developing osteosarcoma or your pug’s predisposition to mast cell tumors, I want to make my readers aware of some practical tips to prevent cancer … Continue reading Preventing Cancer in Your Pet

Spicing Up Cancer Treatment

Spicing Up Cancer Treatment

September 7, 2016

In its new report on pet supplements, the market research group Packaged Facts forecasts a domestic market for pet supplements of $697 million in 2019. This trend is certainly true in the cancer therapy world. As a veterinary oncologist, I know that if your pet receives a diagnosis of cancer, you will be desperate to … Continue reading Spicing Up Cancer Treatment

Cancer in Dogs and Cats

October 14, 2015

If cocktail party conversation turns to my profession, other partygoers frequently express astonishment over the fact that pets suffer from cancer. They are even more surprised that the cancers in dogs and cats are very similar to human cancers. For the entire month of October, we are celebrating the opening of the Cancer Institute at the Animal … Continue reading Cancer in Dogs and Cats

“New” Cancers in Pets

May 27, 2015

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, with a focus on awareness and fundraising to help in the fight to end pet cancer. At The AMC, we believe that awareness and prevention are key to helping pets live longer, happier, and healthier lives. The AMC is thrilled to have recently received a generous grant from the Puccini Foundation … Continue reading “New” Cancers in Pets

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Pet Cancer Treatment Options, Part II

November 12, 2014

November has been designated National Pet Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness about the causes, prevention and treatment of dogs and cats with this terrible disease. To raise awareness of the possible treatments for pet cancer, this second part of my two-part blog on cancer treatments for pets discusses three additional treatment therapies: chemotherapy, immunotherapy … Continue reading National Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Pet Cancer Treatment Options, Part II

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Pet Cancer Treatment Options, Part I

November 5, 2014

November has been designated National Pet Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness about the causes, prevention and treatment of dogs and cats with this terrible disease. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, there are six million new pet cancer diagnoses every year. That number of diagnoses translates to millions of pet cancer treatments each year. … Continue reading National Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Pet Cancer Treatment Options, Part I

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

July 23, 2014

Both veterinary and human oncologists talk about three big families of cancer: carcinomas, sarcomas and tumors of the blood and lymphatic system. Carcinomas frequently originate from glands – like breast or prostate carcinomas. The most well-known tumors of the blood and immune system are leukemia and lymphoma. Sarcoma is a form of cancer arising from … Continue reading July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness for Pets

October 20, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our physicians are recommending we perform self-examinations and undergo screening mammography. But what about our dogs and cats? Do dogs and cats get breast cancer? What can you do to help protect your pet? Cats, Dogs and Women are a Lot Alike There are many similarities between breast … Continue reading Breast Cancer Awareness for Pets

Pet Oncology Primer

May 9, 2011

The other day in the oncology clinic at The Animal Medical Center, I saw a new patient and managed inadvertently to upset the owner. Her veterinarian diagnosed a “tumor” in her dog and when I asked her how long her pet had “cancer,” she burst into tears. To her, “tumor” implied a benign and curable … Continue reading Pet Oncology Primer

Melanoma Monday: May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011

The term “Melanoma Monday” is a service mark of the American Academy of Dermatology and seeks to promote awareness about melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer in humans. Melanoma is one of the diseases humans share with animals – so I thought I would take this opportunity to alert dog owners about melanoma in … Continue reading Melanoma Monday: May 2, 2011

Big News in Cancer Treatment for Dogs!

July 21, 2009

Just last month, veterinary oncology had a first and as a board certified veterinary oncologist, this news just made my day. Until now, all chemotherapy agents administered to dogs were human drugs adapted for use by veterinarians. In June, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine approved the use of Palladia® (toceranib phosphate) … Continue reading Big News in Cancer Treatment for Dogs!