Advanced Treatment, Compassionate Care
You didn’t have to be a veterinarian to see that Sully was in trouble. A certified therapy dog, he arrived at our door with severe symptoms and advanced cancer. But just two-and-a-half months into a six-month chemotherapy regimen, Sully’s tumor was no longer visible on x-ray. Nine months after his therapy ended, with the blessing of his oncologist, Sully competed and won third place in a national agility trial.
There Is More Than One Way to Fight Cancer
Just as in human medicine, some forms of cancer respond best to radiation therapy. We offer conventional definitive and palliative radiation therapy, as well as Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT). SRT is used to treat tumors that are difficult to reach surgically, and is typically completed in one to four treatments over the course of a week, instead of the standard 15 to 18 treatments over three weeks. SRT is currently available only at our Leesburg location.
Complex medical problems require a holistic approach. Nutrition is particularly important while your pet is undergoing cancer treatment. We offer individualized nutrition plans through our partner, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Customized plans are available to support a range of nutritional needs, from reduced appetite to more serious conditions. These include specialized prepared diets, as well as menus and recipes for home cooked meals.
The Future of Cancer Treatment is Here
Kaya was a mixed-breed shepherd who came to us with a large tumor on her neck. The malignancy had gone unnoticed because of Kaya’s generous fur, and her family was devastated by her diagnosis. We were able to enroll Kaya in an investigational study of a novel cancer treatment, in her case an intratumoral bacterial agent, at no cost to her family. The Oncology Service is on the front lines of the battle against cancer. We use our experience, knowledge of the field, and understanding of novel therapies to help our patients live longer, healthier lives. Our unique relationships, such as with the research group Animal Clinical Investigation (ACI) and directly with pharmaceutical companies, allow us to bring our patients cutting edge treatments and enroll them in clinical trials, while they help us move forward the frontier of cancer care.
Your pet may qualify to participate in a research study. If your pet qualifies for an open clinical trial through ACI, and you choose to join, there is typically minimal or no cost to you. ACI has ongoing studies at various TOS locations. If you are interested in getting more information about investigational therapies or clinical trials, please contact our office nearest you.