At CARE, we offer advanced medicine, compassionate care, expert advice, and well-being for pets with cancer. Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically requires the aid of an oncologist to diagnose and treat the disease. CARE’s veterinary oncologists determine the appropriate course of treatment, and in consultation with your referring veterinarian and that partnership provides your pet the highest standard of care.
We understand that a cancer diagnosis for your pet is devastating. Our primary goal is to maintain the best quality of life for your pet. As pet owners ourselves, we understand that each pet and his or her family’s needs are unique, which is why we approach each case individually. After a thorough examination, review of diagnostic tests and consultation with the family, we develop a customized approach to care and educate patient owners to ensure that you are comfortable with your pet’s treatment plans. Specialized treatments offered by the Oncology Team at Care include:
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy comes in many forms and is much better tolerated in dogs and cats than in people. Depending on the type of treatment, chemotherapy might be given as a quick IV injection, a slower IV infusion or an injection into a lesion or scar. Some options for chemotherapy are given orally, either in the hospital or at home. Regardless of the type of treatment our patients rarely need to be sedated for these procedures. To control certain types of cancer in pets, chemotherapy may be employed alone or in addition to other treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy. Veterinary oncologists use low doses of drugs, do not combine as many drugs as in human protocols, and often administer drugs at less frequent intervals. The goal of chemotherapy is to control or eliminate the cancer while providing the highest quality of life for your pet.
- Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is a new way to treat cancer. It involves training your pet’s own immune system to fight the disease. We use treatments like the Melanoma Vaccine and the Torigen Vaccine to treat certain cancers when chemotherapy may not be possible or may not be as effective.
- New, investigational therapies: Our team attends annual continuing education conferences to stay at the forefront of veterinary oncology. We use Tanovea, a new drug used to treat canine lymphoma. We are also aware of regional clinical trials and may recommend enrollment if you are interested and if your pet meets inclusion criteria.
- Holistic consultations: Cancer treatment often involves a multimodal approach. Our oncologists work closely with veterinarians who specialize in holistic and integrative medicine. Further, we carry many supplements that may help battle cancer and that do not cause adverse reactions when given in conjunction with chemotherapy.
- Palliative or supportive care: Your pet’s quality of life is our primary concern. If cancer treatment is not possible or not elected, our oncologists can formulate a palliative care plan aimed at providing pain relief, optimizing quality of life and even end life planning.
Our oncologists work closely with the other specialists at CARE as many of our patients to assure that all of your pet’s healthcare needs are addressed. Same day in house consultations are available with our surgeons, internists, neurologists, cardiologists, and ophthalmologist if needed. Our oncologists also have strong relationships with radiation oncologists and nutritionists who are able to provide consultation when needed.
Some of the most common cancers we treat include:
- Lymphoma (enlarged lymph nodes)
- Hemangiosarcoma (commonly a mass found in the spleen)
- Osteosarcoma (the most common bone cancer)
- Soft tissue sarcoma (growth/tumor under the skin)
- Mast cell tumors (growth/tumor on the skin)
- Malignant melanoma (the most common oral mass/tumor in dogs
- Squamous cell carcinoma (the most common oral mass/tumor in cats)
- And many others
Our oncologists will always work with you, your veterinarian and other specialists to determine the best course of treatment for your beloved pet. If your family veterinarian has diagnosed your pet with cancer, ask for a referral to CARE’s Oncology Team or call 704-457-2300 to schedule an appointment.
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