Advanced Pet Cancer Care & Treatment
Both animals and humans - even the healthiest ones - can be impacted by cancer. The good news: we can use a number of advanced methods to treat the disease.
Veterinary oncologists at The Hope Center in Vienna are committed to providing appropriate care and treatment to pets with cancer.
After we've reviewed your pet's medical, history and diagnosis, we'll sit down with you and your pet to discuss the disease, staging (any additional diagnostics that may be required), treatment options and prognosis.
Board-Certified Veterinary Oncologists in Vienna
After graduating veterinary school, a board-certified veterinary oncologist completes extensive training focused on oncology (how cancer develops and how to treat it). This training includes an internship and specialized residency, comprehensive exams, and publication requirements to become board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).
Staging (Additional Diagnostics)
If your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, additional diagnostic testing can help to determine the extent of cancer in the body, which allows us to optimize treatment options and better predict a prognosis.
At Hope Advanced Veterinary Center we are able to utilize diagnostic radiology along with various analyzers to diagnose your pet's condition.
Treatment Options for Pets with Cancer
After staging, our team of specialists will review all appropriate treatment options. Cancer may be treated with various therapies or combinations of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies or palliative care when appropriate.
This cancer therapy combines the use of a probe that delivers electric pulses with chemotherapy. Electric pulses are used to create holes in the cancer cell with a process called electroporation.
Chemotherapy is either injected directly into the tumor or given intravenously. Electroporation is used to drive chemotherapy into the cell, trapping it there. The process allows for localized chemotherapy with increased effect.
Various cancers can be treated with electrochemotherapy (ECT), including mast cell tumors, soft tissue sarcomas of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, melanomas, localized plasma cell tumors, and more.
The effectiveness of ETC will depend on the type of tumor being treated and whether it is a scar or large tumor. Generally, research has shown ECT to be effective in controlling many different types of local, cancerous tumors.