Being a veterinary oncologist by training, an article about cancer always catches my attention. I wanted to share some strange cancer news from the animal world for this week’s blog post. Contagious Cancer in Dogs I have a very special patient right now, Melinda, a recipient of a grant from AMC to the Rescue, the Animal … Continue reading Strange Cancers from the Animal World
The Animal Medical Center’s Usdan Institute for Animal Health Education provides our clients and the broader community with important, relevant, and timely animal health information. A dog owner reached out to the Institute for information on lipoma, a fatty tumor found most commonly in dogs. I will recap my answer to their question here. What … Continue reading Should You Be Concerned About Fatty Tumors in Your Dog?
This week was the week New York City went to the dogs; the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was in Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday and there were activities all over the city related to man’s best friend. The Animal Medical Center veterinarians were at the Show triaging dogs unlucky enough to … Continue reading Are Purebred Dogs Sicker than Mutts?
At first glance, these three disciplines within veterinary medicine seem pretty much the same, but at the Animal Medical Center, diagnostic radiology, radiation therapy, and interventional radiology represent three different groups of veterinarians with three very different sets of background and training. What ties these three disparate groups together is their use of radiation to … Continue reading The Difference Between Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Therapy and Interventional Radiology
November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Last spring I wrote about canine lymphoma, so in honor of Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I would do the same for feline lymphoma. What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is cancer of the immune system. The immune system is distributed throughout the body to protect against infections. Lymphoma in … Continue reading Feline Lymphoma
November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Pet cancer can be just darn bad luck, but some cancers have a known cause. While you can’t change your large breed dog’s risk for developing osteosarcoma or your pug’s predisposition to mast cell tumors, I want to make my readers aware of some practical tips to prevent cancer … Continue reading Preventing Cancer in Your Pet
In its new report on pet supplements, the market research group Packaged Facts forecasts a domestic market for pet supplements of $697 million in 2019. This trend is certainly true in the cancer therapy world. As a veterinary oncologist, I know that if your pet receives a diagnosis of cancer, you will be desperate to … Continue reading Spicing Up Cancer Treatment
May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Since the goal of Pet Cancer Awareness Month is to educate pet owners about cancer, I am going to devote this week’s blog to clearing up some of the confusion over the various forms of radiation therapy. Radiation therapy machines treat cancer by delivering high energy radiation to a tumor, … Continue reading Radiation Therapy Machines: Machines and Methods
This photo shows something unique. Look carefully and you will see a dog with three toes on each foot. No, he wasn’t born this way, Pogo is a cancer survivor. The missing toes were amputated because of a cancer diagnosis in a toe on each of his front feet. How common are toe tumors? Research … Continue reading Toe Tumors in a Dog: A Cancer Survivor’s Story
Today, like many days I spend in AMC’s Cancer Institute I saw a dog patient diagnosed just a few days ago with lymphoma. What appears below is a summary of my conversation with the dog’s family about lymphoma and the options for treatment of their beloved companion. What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes … Continue reading Canine Lymphoma: A Quick Snapshot
If cocktail party conversation turns to my profession, other partygoers frequently express astonishment over the fact that pets suffer from cancer. They are even more surprised that the cancers in dogs and cats are very similar to human cancers. For the entire month of October, we are celebrating the opening of the Cancer Institute at the Animal … Continue reading Cancer in Dogs and Cats
May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, with a focus on awareness and fundraising to help in the fight to end pet cancer. At The AMC, we believe that awareness and prevention are key to helping pets live longer, happier, and healthier lives. The AMC is thrilled to have recently received a generous grant from the Puccini Foundation … Continue reading “New” Cancers in Pets
November has been designated National Pet Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness about the causes, prevention and treatment of dogs and cats with this terrible disease. To raise awareness of the possible treatments for pet cancer, this second part of my two-part blog on cancer treatments for pets discusses three additional treatment therapies: chemotherapy, immunotherapy … Continue reading National Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Pet Cancer Treatment Options, Part II
November has been designated National Pet Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness about the causes, prevention and treatment of dogs and cats with this terrible disease. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, there are six million new pet cancer diagnoses every year. That number of diagnoses translates to millions of pet cancer treatments each year. … Continue reading National Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Pet Cancer Treatment Options, Part I
Both veterinary and human oncologists talk about three big families of cancer: carcinomas, sarcomas and tumors of the blood and lymphatic system. Carcinomas frequently originate from glands – like breast or prostate carcinomas. The most well-known tumors of the blood and immune system are leukemia and lymphoma. Sarcoma is a form of cancer arising from … Continue reading July is Sarcoma Awareness Month
Disclaimer: I am not Stan’s veterinarian and I have not reviewed his medical information nor talked to his doctors. Since lymphoma is the most common tumor of cats, all veterinary oncologists have a good deal of experience in managing this disease. There are many talented cats who blog. Because I am partial to black and … Continue reading Get Well Tuxedo Stan: Political Cat Suffers from Renal Lymphoma
The Animal Medical Center has all kinds of cool equipment to help make treating diseases in dogs and cats faster, safer and more successful. Today’s blog is about one of those devices, the vacuum assisted positioning device used by our radiation oncologist. The video below shows a feline patient under anesthesia and being positioned by … Continue reading Vacuum-Assisted Positioning Device: Another Cool AMC Tool
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our physicians are recommending we perform self-examinations and undergo screening mammography. But what about our dogs and cats? Do dogs and cats get breast cancer? What can you do to help protect your pet? Cats, Dogs and Women are a Lot Alike There are many similarities between breast … Continue reading Breast Cancer Awareness for Pets
As an Oncology specialist, I am frequently asked how cancer treatments will affect the quality of life for the dogs and cats in my care at The Animal Medical Center. I give these discussions with my clients as much time and attention as they need because I know my explanation will impact the pet owners’ … Continue reading Will My Pet Have Quality of Life?
My telephone and email have been ringing and pinging this week with questions about lumps on dogs. The subject line of the first email said “Lump on Rump” which sounded like a line from an oncology book written by Dr. Seuss. When I examined the dog, I found a firm mass below the skin just … Continue reading Will that be One Lump or Two? A Guide to Lumps on Your Dog
The other day in the oncology clinic at The Animal Medical Center, I saw a new patient and managed inadvertently to upset the owner. Her veterinarian diagnosed a “tumor” in her dog and when I asked her how long her pet had “cancer,” she burst into tears. To her, “tumor” implied a benign and curable … Continue reading Pet Oncology Primer
The term “Melanoma Monday” is a service mark of the American Academy of Dermatology and seeks to promote awareness about melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer in humans. Melanoma is one of the diseases humans share with animals – so I thought I would take this opportunity to alert dog owners about melanoma in … Continue reading Melanoma Monday: May 2, 2011
People I meet socially are often surprised when I tell them I treat pets with cancer. The first level of surprise occurs because many non-pet lovers don’t know pets get cancer, so of course they are doubly surprised to meet some who treats it. For me, cocktail party conversation frequently centers around the question, “Why … Continue reading Why Do People Treat Their Pets for Cancer?
Just last month, veterinary oncology had a first and as a board certified veterinary oncologist, this news just made my day. Until now, all chemotherapy agents administered to dogs were human drugs adapted for use by veterinarians. In June, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine approved the use of Palladia® (toceranib phosphate) … Continue reading Big News in Cancer Treatment for Dogs!