When Limb Amputation is the Best Treatment Option

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology The word amputation can elicit strong negative emotional responses. The first time you heard this mentioned as an option for the treatment of your dog or cat’s cancer, you may have felt shocked, scared, saddened or even angry. You may have wondered how you could possibly do that to […]

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Orthopedics at VCSS: part of our surgical services

By Dr. John Wooldridge, DACVS At Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists, we offer full specialized orthopedic surgical services. This includes lameness evaluations and a variety of advanced surgical treatment options for both dogs and cats. The most common reasons we see lame dogs are for damage or tearing to the cranial cruciate ligament (the equivalent […]

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Does your dog have lymphoma?

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology If your dog has lymphoma it can be overwhelming not just to face the diagnosis but to then make a decision about treatment. It can help to talk to your partner, family or friends, but sometimes you just need to listen to your inner voice. I helped write a website […]

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Why a Cancer Center?

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology Where and When: It’s a new year and with the new year comes new opportunities and exciting changes. Construction on our new facility has begun! We hope that by the first of April, we will be ready to move in to our new home at 10400 SE Main St., Milwaukie, […]

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Chemotherapy Safety for Pets and Veterinary Staff

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology “Just because you have the recipe for your grandma’s lasagna, doesn’t mean that you can make your grandma’s lasagna”” We all want to do the best to take care of our pets, right? And if you chose to do chemotherapy for your dog or cat, you would want to make […]

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Part III: Intestinal Mast Cell Tumors in Cats

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology As previously discussed, mast cell tumors (MCTs) can occur on the skin and can also be found in the liver and spleen of cats. The prognosis and behavior of a mast cell tumor is different, depending on where the tumor is found. However, a mast cell is still a mast […]

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The role of nutrition in cancer prevention

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology  Nutrition and Cancer: part 2 Before discussing the relationship between nutrition and development of cancer, it is important to realize that the cause of cancer in a human or pet is complicated and involves many interacting factors. While there is a compelling link between certain nutritional risk factors and […]

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Cats get mast cell tumors, too! Part I.

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology Although there are some similarities between mast cell tumors in dogs and cats, there are many differences, as well. In both species, mast cell tumors are a cancerous overgrowth of a normal cell in the body called a mast cell. Mast cells are part of the immune system. They are […]

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Nutrition and Cancer

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology March is right around the corner, which means it’s almost National Nutrition Month. In honor of this, we want to discuss nutrition and cancer over the next few weeks. In the first post, we will answer one of the most commonly asked questions, that is, what should I feed […]

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