Growth Factors

When I first started writing on this site, I chose the title "Growth Factors" because it held a clever dual meaning to me. Biologically speaking, growth factors are substances such as hormones, that influence the growth of cells. We can't exist without growth factors. Nor can we adapt to our ever changing environmental challenges. Our … Continue reading Growth Factors

For Sepsie

While I love all animals, I’m known for being partial to cats. This wasn’t always the case – in fact, prior to having a cat, I really never understood their appeal. I questioned the redeeming value of owning something so aloof and independent. Dogs, with their unconditional love and constant want to please, were my … Continue reading For Sepsie

What is a board-certified veterinary oncologist?

My goal for this website is to provide pet owners with factual information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pets and to delve into the complicated emotional aspects surrounding cancer care in animals. While this will always be my main focus, I wanted to revisit the basics of veterinary specialty care and help … Continue reading What is a board-certified veterinary oncologist?

What to avoid when your pet is diagnosed with cancer

Learning that your pet has cancer is devastating. Deciding on which, if any, treatment path to take is confusing and it is normal to feel anxious as you are making decisions for your pet. Owners frequently struggle with feeling a lack of control and search for options to enhance their pet’s prognosis during their treatment … Continue reading What to avoid when your pet is diagnosed with cancer

5 types of skin cancer in dogs

The skin is the largest organ of a dog, and tumors affecting this structure are common. Between 60 to 80 percent of skin tumors in dogs are benign, meaning if you notice a lump on your dog’s skin, there’s a good chance it won’t be anything to worry about. However, the visible appearance of a … Continue reading 5 types of skin cancer in dogs

I’m here to make cancer less scary…

A few weeks ago I was asked to be formally interviewed as a means to introduce me to the surrounding community. NC State takes an active role in promoting recently hired faculty and as the new kid on the block, it made sense it would be my turn to spend some time describing myself and my … Continue reading I’m here to make cancer less scary…

How changing sides made this oncologist a happier person…

I’ve moved to the other side. But the thing is, it’s not so dark where I stand.   During my residency in medical oncology, amidst the strain of learning my craft, seeing countless appointments, and studying for board exams, I centered myself by meditating on where I would wind up working when I finished. It … Continue reading How changing sides made this oncologist a happier person…

Top 5 tips for treating and beating lymphoma in dogs!

Lymphoma is a blood-borne cancer of lymphocytes, which are a specific type of white blood cell. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in dogs. There are several forms of lymphoma in dogs, the most common being high-grade lymphoblastic B-cell lymphoma, which closely resembles non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in people. Lymphoma is one of the most treatable … Continue reading Top 5 tips for treating and beating lymphoma in dogs!

On situational awareness and veterinary oncology…

Situational awareness is “the perception of environmental elements and events with respect to time or space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status after some variable has changed, such as time, or some other variable, such as a predetermined event.” In other words, were talking about paying deep attention to what’s … Continue reading On situational awareness and veterinary oncology…

How this veterinary oncologist learns more about her specialty when cancer crosses species to her owners.

I’m seated across from one of my favorite owners and her endearing 9-year-old Lhasa Apso, Sparky. I’m reviewing Sparky’s medical record, determining when he’s due for repeat chest x-rays to make sure his there’s no evidence of his cancer resurfacing. Sparky is customarily unimpressed, making no attempt to stifle an uninterested yawn. Mrs. Baker, Sparky’s … Continue reading How this veterinary oncologist learns more about her specialty when cancer crosses species to her owners.

I’m an imposter?

What are the “things” you use to define yourself? Do you best identify with your familial status (mother, husband, daughter?) Or do you describe yourself by your talents (musician, artist, writer?) What is it that matters most when it comes to saying who you are?   I happen to classify myself most consistently with the … Continue reading I’m an imposter?

When you can’t make up your mind…

During nearly every consultation, there comes a time where pet owners must make the decision whether to pursue chemotherapy or not. While a small number of people arrive assured that they will treat their pets, more frequently owners arrive with an open mind to the available options, searching for all possible choices before moving forward. … Continue reading When you can’t make up your mind…

Chemotherapy for Dogs: Everything you need to know!

I recently participated in an interview with a fellow writer for petmd.com on what pet owners need to know about chemotherapy in dogs.  You can find the link to the full text here and a transcription of the article below. By: Carol McCarthy “Your dog has cancer” might be the four scariest words a pet parent can … Continue reading Chemotherapy for Dogs: Everything you need to know!

Those that can do. Those that can do it better, teach.

This past September I was hired as an adjunct faculty member at a local community college, teaching several classes in the veterinary science technology program. As someone notoriously unable to say “no,” I agreed to tackle the responsibility on my days off from clinical work. I entered this endeavor thinking, “No big deal, I’ve got … Continue reading Those that can do. Those that can do it better, teach.

Who will you vote for?

The 2016 presidential election is shaping up to be a remarkable and unforgettable event. There are numerous controversial political topics being addressed, including typical “big ticket” items such as healthcare, gun control, and national security. I raise no concern with a country that prioritizes the aforementioned matters with respect to political affiliation. However, I’m disappointed … Continue reading Who will you vote for?