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Oncology

oncologist and tech treat a dog with cancerOncology is the specialty focusing on the treatment of cancer. The oncologists at The Animal Medical Center are certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as an indication of their training and knowedge in caring for pets with cancer. They participate in teaching rounds at AMC and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to retain their cutting-edge skills to achieve their objective of providing the best quality of life for pets suffering from cancer.

The main function of the Oncology Service is to treat cancer in pets with a goal of curing their disease. We also provide palliative treatment and end of life care. 

The most common tumors treated at AMC are: lymphoma, mast cell tumors, feline injection site sarcomas, osteosarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma and mammary gland tumors, but any pet with any type of cancer can be cared for by the Oncology Service.

Our Approach

Cancer diagnosis and treatment is greatly enhanced by a team approach through collaboration with our Specialists in Medicine, Pathology, Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Oncology.

Our specialists strive to minimize side effects and optimize tumor reduction to achieve a remission and provide your pet with the best possible quality of life.

Treatment

a cat with cancer is treated with chemotherapyIn some cases, surgical removal of tumors, either alone or in combination with other treatments, can control cancer and provide the best quality of life for your pet.

Other pets may benefit from the following routinely administered treatments:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Experimental therapies (recently an experimental program involving the vaccination of dogs with melanoma has achieved success)

Clinical Trials

The Oncology Service directs clinical trials to investigate new and better treatments for cancer. Once a study is completed, the results are published in veterinary journals to inform other veterinarians and their patients.