The following are excerpts from the Veterinary Cancer Society, a nonprofit organization
that “provides educational opportunities to enhance the practice of veterinary oncology, and to inspire scientific and professional interactions by connecting those who have a shared interest in oncology.”
What are the most common types of cancers in dogs? How many dogs typically get cancer?
One in four dogs will be diagnosed with cancer, and it’s the leading cause of death in pets who are beyond middle age.
Dr. Stephanie Correa explains how the sophisticated radiation machine works to treat cancer.
Radiation therapy has been used in veterinary medicine since the beginning of the 20th Century, according to the Animal Cancer Foundation, but in recent years the advancement of the technology has led to more successful outcomes and reduced side effects.
At Animal Cancer Care Clinic, we offer a variety of radiation treatment options and provide each of our clients with an Optimal OUTCOMES Care Guide, specifically created for each individual pet’s unique situation.
Over the past decade immunotherapy, where the power of the immune system is harnessed to target and destroy cancer, has become an effective and increasingly common treatment approach for some types of human cancers. Now, this method is becoming more available for fighting cancers in pets. The final webinar in the ACCC Summer Series, “How to Navigate Through the Cancer Diagnosis,” featured Laura Greene, DVM, DACVIM Senior Professional Services Veterinarian, for Merck Animal Health. Her presentation to primary care veterinarians, “Immune Checkpoint Inhibition:
Hemangiosarcoma (HSA), a malignant tumor of the cells that line blood vessels, was the topic of ACCC’s Summer Webinar offered to primary care vets across Florida and the country. ACCC’s own Ashlyn Williams, DVM, Practice Limited to Oncology, delivered the presentation and provided insights valuable to dog owners who want to learn more about this type of cancer, including its causes, treatment options, and promising emerging discoveries.
Dr. Williams explained that this form of cancer is often highly malignant but depends on how the disease presents itself and where it is located.
Dr. Carrissa Wood, DVM, Practice Limited to Oncology, who treats pets in our Central Florida locations, recently presented “Demystifying Cancer Diagnostics” to nearly 100 primary care veterinarians throughout Florida in the second segment of the virtual summer series, “How to Navigate through the Cancer Diagnosis.”
As part of the constantly evolving field of veterinary oncology and the all-too-common long wait times for pet owners to see specialists, Dr. Wood outlined a number of new and traditional diagnostic tools and provided a peek into cutting-edge options, including genomics and precision medicine.
By Evan Sones, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Breaking the news about a cancer diagnosis has been discussed for many years as it relates to humans, although little literature exists on the topic for pets. However, based on my own personal experience, delivering this bad news can be just as devastating to clients. How these conversations are handled can play an impactful role in how pet owners deal with the situation, make decisions about their beloved family member, and view their future journey.