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Veterinary Oncology Service

Veterinary Oncology Service

 

Oncology Service overview

  • Willows is currently the only centre in the UK to have both medical and surgical Oncology Specialists as full-time staff members
  • Multi-disciplinary team approach to the
    management of patients with cancer
  • Unsurpassed, comprehensive service,
    24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
  • Hospitalised patients benefit from 24-hour veterinary and nursing care
  • Urgent and emergency cases seen the same day
  • Free telephone advice given with the minimum
    of delay
 

Referring a case is rapid and easy:

  • register the client either by phone or on-line
    (you qualify for entry in our quarterly draw with the on-line option!)
  • supply the history and any lab results, radiographs etc. either on-line, or with the owner or by post, fax or email to: [email protected]

Refer with confidence to one of the UK’s leading small animal Oncology Specialist centres

  • Willows is currently the only centre in the UK to have both medical and surgical Oncology Specialists as full-time staff members
  • Multidisciplinary team approach to the management of patients with cancer
  • Unsurpassed, comprehensive service,
    24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
  • Hospitalised patients benefit from 24-hour veterinary and nursing care
  • Urgent and emergency cases seen the same day
  • Free telephone advice given with the minimum of delay

Referring a case is rapid and easy:

  • register the client either by phone or on-line (you qualify for entry in our £1000 quarterly draw with the on-line option!)
  • supply the history and any lab results, radiographs etc. either on-line, or with the owner or by post, fax or email to: [email protected]

    Refer with confidence to one of the UK’s leading small animal Oncology Specialist centres

Dr Stephen
Baines

MA VetMB PhD CertVR CertSAS DipECVS DipClinOnc MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

Chiara
Penzo

DVM PhD Dip.ECVIM-CA (Oncology) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Oncology

 

We see patients with a wide range of oncological problems including:


TOP

Haemolymphatic cancers

  • Lymphomas (confirmed or suspected) including indolent/low-grade tumours
  • Investigation of lymphocytosis
  • Investigation of lymphadenopathy
  • Leukaemias (acute and chronic; confirmed or suspected)
  • Investigation of atypical circulating cells
    on haematology
  • Hypercalcaemia of unknown origin or due to suspected lymphoid cancer
  • Hyperglobulinaemia investigation
  • Diagnosis and management of multiple myeloma and myeloma-related disorders

 

TOP

Mast cell tumours: staging, assessment of treatment options and appropriate therapy

  • Metastatic mast cell tumour
  • Surgical management/reconstructive surgery
  • Management of non-resectable tumours
  • Chemotherapy and other medical therapies
  • Intra-lesional therapy
  • Tyrosine kinase inhibitors for appropriate cases

 

TOP

Soft tissue sarcomas: staging and assessment of management options

  • Surgical management and assessment for
    surgical excision
  • Incompletely excised tumours (‘dirty margins’) where radiation therapy is declined or not suitable
  • Non-surgical cases
  • Metastatic soft tissue sarcomas
  • Metronomic chemotherapy and appropriate therapy

 

TOP

Canine melanoma - oral, digital and cutaneous

  • Surgical resection
  • Vaccine therapy (only performed by Oncology Specialists)

 

TOP

Thyroid tumours: staging and assessment of treatment options

  • Surgical management
  • Chemotherapy or targeted therapies for non-resectable tumours
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy for large or high-risk tumours

 

TOP

Anal sac adenocarcinomas: staging and assessment of treatment options

  • Surgical management of the primary tumour and lymph nodes
  • Chemotherapy for non-resectable tumours or post-surgery
  • Targeted therapy in selected cases

 

TOP

Haemangiosarcomas: staging and management options

  • Surgical resection
  • Chemotherapy post-splenectomy or removal of high risk tumours
  • Metronomic chemotherapy

 

TOP

Canine and feline mammary tumours: staging and assessment of treatment options

  • Surgical management
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy in selected cases

 

TOP

Bladder, urogenital and prostatic tumours: staging and assessment of treatment options

  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgical management: Excision, cystostomy tube placement and stenting procedures

 

TOP

Histiocytic disorders: staging and management options

  • Localised and disseminated histiocytic sarcoma; reactive, cutaneous and systemic histiocytosis
  • Diagnosis and management of rare histiocytic diseases
  • Primary chemotherapy
  • Surgery combined with chemotherapy

 

TOP

Nasal tumours: diagnosis, staging and assessment of treatment options

  • Assessment of suitability for radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery for biopsy or management of benign lesions

 

TOP

Oral tumours: diagnosis, staging and assessment of treatment options

  • Surgical management
  • Chemotherapy
  • Melanoma vaccine therapy

 

TOP

Neoplastic skin diseases: diagnosis, staging and management options

  • Surgical resection/reconstructive surgery
  • Medical therapy of feline Bowen’s disease (multi-focal squamous cell carcinoma in situ)
  • Histiocytic skin disease
  • Chemotherapy and immunotherapy for epitheliotropic lymphoma

 

TOP

Thoracic and abdominal tumours

  • Surgical resection of thymomas, lung and chest wall tumours
  • Surgery for liver, splenic, kidney and gastro-intestinal neoplasia
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Intra-cavitary chemotherapy
  • Management of neoplastic effusions with chemotherapy and permanent drainage ports

 

 

TOP

Other suitable cases for referral:

  • Cases requiring safe administration of chemotherapy
  • Patients requiring chemotherapy experiencing repeated GI or haematological toxicity, non-responsive cases
  • Cases requiring an assessment of whether surgical excision of the primary mass is possible
  • Investigation, biopsy and diagnosis of any mass lesion of unknown origin
  • Dogs and cats with abdominal masses of unknown origin
  • Unresectable, extensive or metastatic cancers for evaluation and discussion of treatment options
  • Palliative care including pain management
  • Bisphosphonate therapy for bone tumours or their metastases
  • Minimally-invasive approach to biopsy or management of thoracic or abdominal tumours
  • Assessment for suitability of patients for radiation therapy and management of cases and side effects following radiotherapy
  • Care, experience and counselling for difficult cases and their owners (e.g. repeated GI or haematological toxicity, non-responsive cases)


Small Animal Clinical Nutritionist on-site

  • Enteral and parenteral nutritional support available, tailored to patient needs

On-site state-of-the-art advanced imaging run by our Specialist imaging team

  • Each imaging procedure tailored to the patient
  • Exceptionally high quality images, aiding diagnosis
  • Interpretation and reporting of every scan by on-site Specialists Specialist-led anaesthesia team
  • Anaesthetic and analgesic protocols tailored to the individual patient
  • Extensive experience in anaesthesia and critical care of compromised patients
  • Management of acute and post-operative and chronic pain with multimodal analgesia protocols

Efficient case management

  • Cases seen at the earliest opportunity – urgent casesseen as a priority
  • Experienced cytology capability, allowing in-house microscopic diagnosis of many tumour types, hastening diagnosis and treatment, and avoiding unnecessary invasive diagnostics
  • In-house accurate blood cell counts, enabling same day chemotherapy administration where appropriate