What to expect when visiting the oncologist
Using our knowledge of the behavior of the tumor, as well as information that we have collected about your pet’s history, we will perform a number of tests called staging tests that help us to determine the extent of the cancer both locally (how big and how invasive the tumor is) and systemically (has the tumor spread or metastasized to other parts of the body), as well as the general health of the patient. This often includes blood work, cytology or biopsies of the tumor and lymph nodes or other organs, other cancer-specific tests, and imaging.
Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including an on-site 1.5 Tesla MRI unit with remote patient monitoring, in-house laboratory, digital radiography, abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography. Our 4-slice helical CT scanner generates 3D images that provide our specialists precise, detailed and quick information that allows them to provide your pet the best diagnosis and treatment available. We have highly skilled surgeons that are available to perform more complicated biopsies and have the capability to perform minimally invasive surgery, when appropriate, to obtain biopsies.
TREATMENT PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION
Using the information from our staging tests, as well as knowledge of the behavior of the tumor, we can arrive at a prognosis (how we expect your pet to do with or without treatment) and devise a number of treatment options for your pet. Then, personalizing the treatment to your pet and your family, we can find the best plan for your pet. Although we do our best to predict how your pet may respond to treatment, cancer is ever-changing, so our plan often evolves as our patients’ needs change.