Oncology: Care during a challenging time

Pets get cancer, just like we do. Sometimes it’s obvious, such as a mass on the outside of the body, and other times it’s internal, such as cancer affecting the liver, spleen, or lungs – and you may simply notice your pet feeling unwell. If your vet suspects or discovers that your pet has cancer, he/she will refer you to the oncology team at Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists for further diagnostic tests and to discuss options for treatment.

With our advanced imaging in combination with laboratory tests such as bone marrow aspirates and immunophenotyping, your pet will receive quality care. The focus of our oncology department is to provide treatment recommendations that meet the specific needs of each client whose pet has been diagnosed with cancer. With treatment, our goal is to help your pet live longer but also to live well.

Our oncology service utilizes a multi-modal approach for dogs and cats with cancer, often combining chemotherapy with surgery and/or radiation therapy when appropriate. We actively collaborate with other specialists to aid in early detection and re-staging of cancers, including the use of imaging with ultrasound, CT and MRI scanning, and endoscopy and non-invasive biopsies. We also use novel cancer treatments, which include the melanoma vaccine, molecular targeted drugs and metronomic therapy.

Typical diseases we treat include:

  • Hematopoietic (blood-based) neoplasms  – lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma
  • Mast cell tumor
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Anal sac adenocarcinoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Histiocytic sarcoma
  • Transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary tract
  • Lung tumors

We provide advanced diagnostic and treatment options for your pet, and we work closely with your family veterinarian for ongoing follow-up.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists at 631-285-7780.