Arizona Veterinary Oncology
Board-certified veterinary oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. A board-certified veterinary specialist has completed extensive post graduate study and training, has demonstrated clinical competency under close supervision, and has passed a comprehensive examination in the specialty. At present time there are a little more than 200 board-certified veterinary medical oncologists and less than 100 board certified veterinary radiation oncologists. Arizona Veterinary Oncology is proud to have three as members of their oncology team.
Cancer in pets exists in many forms and is the leading cause of death in companion animals. It is not a single disease for which there is one cure. Each form responds differently to treatment, and treatment options vary depending on the type of cancer, location of the cancer, and the individual patient. The cancer seen in animals is very similar to that which develops in people and the same treatment modalities are available. The primary methods of treatment include surgery, radiation therapy, cryotherapy, and chemotherapy. Immunotherapy and complementary medicine may also be helpful. Although the treatment modalities are the same as those used in people, it is important to realize that animals usually tolerate the treatments better than people and relatively few side effects are seen. Our goal is to continue quality of life for our patients.
The initial consultation will allow the doctor to examine your pet and your pet’s medical records and determine what additional diagnostic tests may be required to further evaluate your pet’s cancer. We strive to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your pet’s condition and options for treatment. We want to provide you and your primary care veterinarian the information necessary to help you to make an informed decision regarding the cancer treatment that is best for your pet and your family.
There is never a right or wrong treatment choice. No one has a crystal ball to see into the future and everyone’s biases and concerns are different. We promise to provide you with the necessary information to help you choose the best decision for you and your pet. Whatever that decision is, we will support you in every possible way.
Services Offered by Arizona Veterinary Oncology, PLLC
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery
- I-131 radioactive iodine treatment
- Melanoma vaccine
- Clinical trials
- Digital radiographs with interpretation by a board certified radiologists
- Ultrasounds performed by a board certified radiologist
- Hospice care