What’s the scariest word this oncologist ever heard?

The vernacular surrounding a diagnosis of cancer is intense: We speak of fighting the disease. Those who endure treatment are survivors and warriors. We battle against it, and ultimately, we dream of a world where cancer is eradicated.   I’m a proponent of the concept of a war on cancer. I know we need to … Continue reading What’s the scariest word this oncologist ever heard?

Confused by veterinary oncology terminology? Let me help you figure it all out!

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are confusing topics. When complicated terminology is combined with the anxiety associated with a diagnosis of cancer, it’s easy to understand how things become blurry.   Further complicating things are those veterinarians who cross specialties. How can an owner keep be expected to keep it all straight?   Chemotherapy is defined as … Continue reading Confused by veterinary oncology terminology? Let me help you figure it all out!

Diet, Dogs, and Cancer: Some general guidelines to think about…

Nutrition can play a significant role in the management of dogs and cats with cancer. Pets with cancer could experience weight loss because of decreased intake of food secondary to physical obstruction (e.g. a tumor growing within the oral cavity) or because of decreased appetite secondary to side effects from various treatments. However, some pets … Continue reading Diet, Dogs, and Cancer: Some general guidelines to think about…

Can you really be anything you want to be?

During the most recent annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a panel entitled “Veterinary Oversupply: Issues and Ethics” was held. Though I did not attend the conference, I discovered several summaries of the events that transpired during this session, written by its various participants and observers. I read the reports with equal … Continue reading Can you really be anything you want to be?

Quality of death in real time

Mornings are when I catch up on current events and scan social media for trending topics.  While the news streams live on my TV in the background, I give cursory review to the headlines along my Twitter and Facebook feeds and The Huffington Post.  I'm aware of the dubious nature of those sources with regard to authenticity and content, but nine … Continue reading Quality of death in real time

More about Mast Cell Tumors

I've recently discussed some of the basic information about diagnosing canine cutaneous mast cell tumors and the inherent challenges related to this particularly frustrating cancer. So what do we do once we know we are dealing with this chameleon of tumors? As mast cell tumors are so unpredictable in their behavior, each patient must be approached … Continue reading More about Mast Cell Tumors

How much does it cost just to walk through the door of your vet’s office?

Imagine you bring your pet to your primary care veterinarian because s/he’s recently shown some abnormal signs. Your veterinarian examines your pet, performs some few basic diagnostic tests, and suddenly, you find yourself on the receiving end of unimaginable news. Your veterinarian tells you your pet has cancer. What do you do? Where do you … Continue reading How much does it cost just to walk through the door of your vet’s office?

Losing my patience when I can’t find my patients!

From time to time I will be scheduled a new appointment, and in our database, in the “comment” section below the client and patient information portion, there will be a note stating “Owner not bringing pet to appointment.”   I’m always surprised when I see this, as it seems to counterintuitive towards the goal of … Continue reading Losing my patience when I can’t find my patients!