The oncology service treats all forms of cancer.
It is tragic that cancer can affect our much-loved pets, just as it can our friends and family. However, while cancer used to mean only one thing for those concerned, thanks to progress in veterinary cancer science, now many patients can be cured and many others can achieve remission. For these patients, cancer management can result in a restoration of a completely normal quality of life.
Guiding every decision in cancer management is the question of illness and therapy on our pets’ quality of life. For many cancer diagnoses, conventional treatments like surgery and chemotherapy are required. A balanced decision about the potential risks and the potential benefits of therapy needs to be made. These treatments must also be compared with other treatment possibilities. The oncology team at North Downs Specialist Referrals operates right at the forefront of veterinary cancer science. Frequently nowadays there are other, more modern treatments available, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors, novel immunotherapy treatments and others besides.
Oncology is a truly multi-discipline speciality where the best outcomes are achieved with access to Specialists in many disciplines. Oncology at North Downs Specialist Referrals benefits from access to Specialist surgeons with extensive experience of oncology, as well as Specialists in diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia.
Our oncology Specialists pride themselves on their understanding and sympathetic approach. They aim to always explain the nature of the underlying clinical problems and the impact of the management options available. They counsel owners through any difficult decisions ahead.
The service accepts referrals of all aspects of oncology and any type of tumour including
- Diagnosis of suspected neoplasia
- Clinical stage determination
- Counselling on therapeutic options and prognosis
- Chemotherapy including novel agents and protocols
- Surgical oncology (provided by soft tissue service)
- Radiation planning and management
- Novel therapies including melanoma vaccine, tyrokinase inhibitors, metronomic chemotherapy, immunotherapy
- Clinical trials