Diagnostics & Treatments
Today there is hope, and we are here to help – in every way possible. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pets, emphasizing quality of life. Our entire team is committed to providing you with the education and resources you need to make the best decisions for your pet’s treatment.
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’ the 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.
Diagnostic tests that may be 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 the 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 diseases 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.
- Small molecule therapy – Therapy that uses small molecules that can bind to or enter a cancer cell, causing cellular death.
- 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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