Oncology

Our oncology referral service is run by Dr Riccardo Minelli.  In the  treatment of cancer our aim is always to put the pet’s welfare first. We appreciate that opting for a course of cancer treatment for a pet can be very emotionally traumatic for an owner so we explore all possible options and give owners as much time as they need to make the decision that is right for them and their pet. Before any treatment programme is begun we discuss the client’s wishes and expectations and then decide on the most appropriate course of treatment for their pet.

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Treatment Options

  • Our oncology service is wide ranging and offers full staging of cancers using diagnostic tests such as x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT and biopsy which can be ultrasound guided, endoscopic, or surgical depending on the individual case.
  • CT and MRI imaging  are used to evaluate tumour margins and metastatic spread.
  • Treatment options are surgical, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy, brachytherapy and external beam radiotherapy (by referral).
Glioma in a feline T1 post contrast MRI

Oncology services

  • Lymphoma- tailored histochemistry depending on the nature of the disease .
  • Immunohistochemical and clonality testing mast cell tumour management – all grades.
  • Apocrine gland carcinoma management – paraneoplastic syndrome treatments, growth factor analysis and immunotherapy.
  • Tyrosine kinase inhibitors and anti-angiogenic treatments.
  • Photodynamic therapy for SCC and other suitable cases.
  • Electronic brachytherapy.
PDT for squamous cell carcinoma

Chemotherapy administration

Patient, client and staff safety are our priorities when using chemotherapeutic drugs in veterinary practice.

We use the most up to date and safest protocols whilst handling and administering chemotherapeutic drugs to patients by using Berner gowns and gloves and fully closed administration systems and having strict extravasation and spill protocols.

CT nasal carcinoma in a feline

Photodynamic Therapy This is a relatively new treatment that can be used for the treatment of SCC in situ in cats ( squamous cell carcinoma of the ears and nose ) and superficial bladder tumours. After iv or topical application of a photosensitising agent which preferentially accumulates in cancer cells . the tumour is then exposed to light produced either by a laser or other sources of light, this activates the photosensitizer leading to the production of an active form of oxygen that destroys nearby cancer cells. In addition to directly killing cancer cells , PDT appears to shrink or destroy tumours in two other ways. The photosensitiser can damage blood vessels in the tumour which will prevent the tumour from receiving necessary nutrients and as a result the starved tumour will shrink. In addition PDT may stimulate the animal’s immune system to attack the tumour cells. Side effects of PDT can include sloughing of the treated areas, the pet may also be sensitive to the sun for a few weeks.

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