Our oncologist is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the subspecialty of veterinary oncology. The main role of a veterinary oncologist is to develop appropriate treatment strategies for the cancer patient, which may include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, or a combination of these.
To develop these strategies, our oncologist works closely with our surgeons, nearby radiation treatment facilities, and our in-house clinical pathologist to determine the type of tumor present and the safest and most effective therapeutic plan for your pet. If chemotherapy is indicated, the oncologist will administer this treatment and help to monitor the patient’s progress during therapy.
In addition to the broad range of chemotherapy medications that are used routinely at OSVS, the oncologist has access to some more recently developed anti-cancer medications (including the Melanoma Vaccine), which drug companies only make available to oncologists. This allows OSVS to provide the most up-to-date therapies available.
Most of our patients are dogs and cats, but since the principles of cancer therapy are similar in all animals, we also work in conjunction with our avian and exotic animal service to assist in the treatment of a variety of other species.
What Can You Expect During Your Oncology Consultation?
Your pet is a member of your family, so getting a diagnosis of cancer in your pet can be frightening, and the decisions to be made are difficult. Our oncologist understands this and will take the time to help you to make the best choices for your pet.
During your initial consultation, the oncologist will examine your pet, perform any additional diagnostic testing necessary, and provide you with information regarding the prognosis and treatment options. During this discussion, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and express your concerns, which will help the oncologist guide you in making the decision that is best for your family.
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Ensuring Quality of Life
The greatest concern for most pet owners is making sure their pet has a good quality of life after a cancer diagnosis. Throughout your pet’s treatment, the oncologist will help you to ensure your pet’s well-being. While chemotherapy is generally well tolerated by our animal patients, there are very good medications available to help limit different side effects such as nausea or loss of appetite. Our oncologist will continue to evaluate your pet and will be available to you by phone, so that any symptoms your pet may be having can be managed appropriately. Through this partnership, you and the oncologist can provide your pet with the best care possible.
Ocean State Veterinary Specialists works with referring veterinarians to provide specialized and emergency care. If you believe your pet would benefit from the oncology services provided at OSVS, please speak to your family vet about a referral.
The oncologist at OSVS: