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Oncology




Oncology

The doctors at Long Island Veterinary Specialists will work with you and your primary care veterinarian to diagnose, stage, and select the most appropriate treatment protocol for your pet’s particular type of cancer. Our goal is always to preserve the highest quality of life and keep you and your pet together for as long as possible.

The LIVS Internal Medicine team has advanced training in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of cancerous tumors, and the administration of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, and the veterinary specialists at LIVS offer some of the most advanced oncologic care in the field.

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LIVS offers comprehensive and leading-edge cancer therapies including:

Chemotherapy – The administration of a variety of drugs that destroy only rapidly growing cells (like most cancer cells), and not healthy cells. These drugs may be ministered orally, subcutaneously, or intravenously.

Surgery – Oncologic surgery can be used to remove a section of a tumor for examination (incisional biopsy), or to remove all visible tumor for both eradication and examination (excisional biopsy). Surgery can be useful in diagnosing, staging, and treating cancer.

Immunotherapy – A treatment designed to utilize and enhance the body’s immune system resistance to an active disease process such as cancer. Immunotherapy can range from a cancer vaccine to the injection of chemicals that stimulate the body’s immune system (cytokines). Generally less toxic than traditional chemotherapy, immunotherapy can be very effective when a tumor is already recognized as foreign by the body.

Brachytherapy - A form of radiation that is administered directly to the cancerous area via a portable x-ray source, rather than a radioactive material as with conventional radiation therapy. This method of radiation therapy appears to be effective for a variety of tumor types, is less expensive than conventional external beam therapy, may deliver less damaging radiation to normal tissue, and can be delivered over a much shorter time period.

Clinical pathology - interpretation of tissue samples by board-certified clinical pathologists

Diagnostic Imaging modalities available to our cancer patients include:

Digital Radiography
Scintigraphy
Thermography
Ultrasound with Color Flow Doppler
CT Scan (computed tomography)
MRI – 3.0 Tesla* (magnetic resonance imaging)

Oncology Services at LIVS include the following:

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  • Medical Oncology Consultations to discuss diagnosis, staging, treatment options, and prognosis
  • Surgical Oncology Consultations to discuss surgical options for cancer treatment including mass removals, biopsies, reconstructive procedures, skin and bone grafting, limb sparing options, and prognosi
  • Radiologic Studies Including
    • Thoracic and abdominal radiographs
    • Contrast (dye) studies: gastrointestinal, urogenital, vascular, hepatic (liver)
    • Computed tomography (CT scans)
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound Including
    • Color flow Doppler
    • Ultrasound-guided aspirates and biopsies
  • Cytology – in house evaluation of lymph nodes, masses, effusions, and bone marrow
  • Nuclear Medicine Including
    • Radioiodine therapy (I-131)
    • Kidney function studies (glomerular filtration rate measurements)
  • Chemotherapy Treatment Including
    • Oral chemotherapy medications
    • Injectable chemotherapy medications
    • Intralesional and intracavitary treatments (direct instillation of chemotherapy into the tumor itself or the body cavity affected by the tumor)
  • Radiation Therapy Consultations to discuss what radiation therapy is, how it’s administered, and it’s uses and benefits for treating cancer
  • Immunotherapy Including
    • Tumor vaccines
    • Cyclooxygenase inhibitors
    • Intereferon therapy

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  • Clinical Trials to evaluate the efficacy of new cancer treatments (LIVS is a member of the Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group).
  • Long-Term Follow Up – close monitoring of pets during therapy and after completion of treatment
  • Hospice Care – Supportive care to increase quality of life for pets with advanced stages of cancers

Oncology Team

Chemotherapy Treatment

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Surgical Oncology Consultations

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Immunotherapy (Vaccine)

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Radiation Therapy Consultations

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Medical/Radiation Oncology Consultants

Maria Camps, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM, Oncology)

Nicole Leibman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Neal Mauldin, DVM, Dip. ACVR, Dip. ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Oncology)

 

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