With recent advances in veterinary oncology for cats and dogs, pets and their human families have more options and hope than ever before when it comes to treating cancer. Our clients find the optimal combination of expertise, education, support and compassionate care that they would choose for themselves if faced with a potentially life-threatening illness.
Education & Information. We understand that a diagnosis of cancer can be very difficult for the family to come to terms with. In addition, the growing volume of information on the internet and the number of possible treatment options can be overwhelming. At CUVS, we do our best to navigate this for you – to make sure you have all of the information and support you need to make a well-informed decision that is ultimately best for your pet and your entire family. We will educate you regarding the specific cancer your pet has, and what treatment options are available. We set aside a significant amount of time for discussion and questions, and encourage you to voice any questions or concerns to our medical team. Once you have returned home and have had a chance to absorb the information discussed, new questions may arise, and you are always welcome to contact us whenever needed.
Support. We offer concierge-like service. Our oncologist can be reached 7 days a week with questions or concerns, and our Emergency-Critical Care Department is here around the clock to manage emergencies and to field questions.
Medical Expertise. Together with the expertise of our oncologist, we collaborate with other specialists at CUVS, faculty at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Weill Cornell’s Oncology Department, enabling us to utilize advanced medicine and offer the most up-to-date diagnostics and treatments available to veterinary patients with cancer.
Quality of Life. Your pet's quality of life is the most important factor in choosing the best course of treatment. Considering all treatment options, prognosis and comfort level, we will work with you to find a plan that best serves your pet.
Optimal Care and Outcomes. We believe that the best outcomes occur with a multifaceted approach which is best accomplished when the patient is cared for at a multi-specialty center. Cancer is a complex disease that is often systemic, and can affect multiple body systems. In addition, cancer tends to develop in older patients that may have concurrent unrelated medical problems. Optimal care, therefore, must address not only the cancer, but the whole patient. Our Oncology Service works seamlessly with other specialists at CUVS to optimize the early and accurate diagnosis and staging of cancer, and to coordinate cancer treatment, as appropriate, with surgery, critical care, nutritional support, pain management or alternative adjunctive therapy.
Collaboration. We consider the medical team to be the Oncology service at CUVS, your primary care veterinarian, you and your family, and any other specialist that can contribute to your pet’s overall wellbeing. And we communicate closely with all of these individuals. In addition, your primary care veterinarian has electronic access to your pet’s medical records, lab tests and imaging studies.
We utilize many modalities to diagnose and treat cancer, alone or in combination, depending on your pet's situation and your goals. These include:
Conditions We See
Our Oncology Service treats a wide range of cancers, both common and rare, including:
“My goal is to try to improve the length and quality of life of each of my patients. The relationships that I develop with my patients and clients allow me to provide the best possible care for both the patient and their family, and work to renew hope in the face of what can often appear to be a difficult or hopeless diagnosis. I love these relationships. For me, this is being an oncologist.”
We treat pets that are referred to us by their primary care veterinarians.
To make a referral or to schedule a consultation with our oncologist, please call
Cornell University Veterinary Specialists at 203.595.2777.