Andrew Vaughan, DVM, MS, DACVIM Oncology
Holly Burr, DVM, DACVIM Oncology
Ashley Bennett, DVM, DACVIM Oncology
About Our Practice
Our board certified oncologists offer innovative care for pets that develop cancer, and ensure that the most appropriate treatments are provided. This may include targeted anticancer treatments, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, electrochemotherapy, intralesional or intracavitary therapy, surgery or more simple palliative care.
For many cancers the treatment options range from aggressive, potentially-curative regimens to more conservative palliative approaches. In each and every instance we provide detailed and appropriate information and guidance, pursue appropriate diagnostics, and eventually help the owner decide what form of therapy is the best for their pet.
Just as for humans with cancer, there are many instances in which the disease can be beaten, particularly when treatment is pursued at an early stage. Additionally, for those cancers that are not curable, treatment can often provide both a significant prolongation of survival and improvement in a pet’s quality of life. Many of these accomplishments occur without substantial side-effects or hospitalization.
About Our Services
Our medical oncologists ensure the most appropriate treatments are provided, including targeted anticancer treatments, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery or palliative care.
Before treatment is pursued, we provide consultation in a compassionate, professional manner to ensure owners entirely understand all available treatment options, potential side-effects, expected outcomes, and the practical aspects of cancer care.
Oncology challenges often present themselves as tumors in all parts of the body. Common cancers in dogs or cats include:
- Mast Cell Tumors
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Soft tissue sarcoma
Since the diagnosis of cancer can be a traumatic experience, our doctors are trained in grief counseling. This combination of medical expertise and counseling skills ensures both client and pet receive optimum consideration and care.
Appointments are by referral 7 days a week. Oncology emergencies can be seen through the Oncology department during those times, or through Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at any time.
We understand that in some instances cancer therapy can be very financially challenging for families. We also recognize that the only way to make substantial progress in the fight against cancer is through well-funded clinical trials that evaluate new therapies for canine and feline cancer patients. We are frequently involved in clinical trials that are partially or fully funded and that aim to treat a wide array of cancers in our pets. Month-to-month these clinical trials may vary substantially but our oncologists will go over with you any such trials that we offer and go over the benefits and risks of having your pet enrolled in such a trial. In some instances such trials may greatly help to offset the costs of effective cancer therapy while also expanding knowledge for the treatment of cancer for generations to come.
Please call us with any questions at 702-871-1152.