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Does your dog have bladder cancer?

Canine bladder tumors, most commonly transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) or urethelial carcinoma, have long been a frustrating disease to diagnose.  Diagnosis can be expensive or invasive.  There is potential risk for tumor seeding in the process (spreading cancer around with a needle or biopsy instrument).  But, there is good news!  There is a new, simple diagnostic […]

Massage Therapy for Cancer and Surgery Patients

by Rubi Sullivan of Heal Massage Massage is a wonderful way to keep an eye on your dog’s ever-changing body, as well as having many more physiological benefits. Our furry best friends tell us when they’re hungry or when they are ready to go play ball, but often times we miss the small changes in […]

Moose: Superhero Cancer Fighting Canine

By Kim Freeman, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) Moose, a 12 year old border collie, was diagnosed with high grade lymphoma over 18 months ago.  His face has become a staple in our lives and his family has become part of ours as Moose has gone through chemotherapy for his cancer.  Recently, Moose faced a new life challenge. […]

Metronomic Chemotherapy

Metronomic chemotherapy is a rather new way of using traditional chemotherapy drugs to slow cancer growth.  “Metronomic” refers to a low dose of continuous treatment.  Think metronome.  It is different from the traditional way of using chemotherapy which involves giving patients a high dose, or what we call a “maximum tolerated dose” (MTD) of chemotherapy. […]

When Limb Amputation is the Best Treatment Option

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology The word amputation can elicit strong negative emotional responses. The first time you heard this mentioned as an option for the treatment of your dog or cat’s cancer, you may have felt shocked, scared, saddened or even angry. You may have wondered how you could possibly do that to […]

Why a Cancer Center?

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology Where and When: It’s a new year and with the new year comes new opportunities and exciting changes. Construction on our new facility has begun! We hope that by the first of April, we will be ready to move in to our new home at 10400 SE Main St., Milwaukie, […]

Chemotherapy Safety for Pets and Veterinary Staff

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology “Just because you have the recipe for your grandma’s lasagna, doesn’t mean that you can make your grandma’s lasagna”” We all want to do the best to take care of our pets, right? And if you chose to do chemotherapy for your dog or cat, you would want to make […]

Part III: Intestinal Mast Cell Tumors in Cats

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology As previously discussed, mast cell tumors (MCTs) can occur on the skin and can also be found in the liver and spleen of cats. The prognosis and behavior of a mast cell tumor is different, depending on where the tumor is found. However, a mast cell is still a mast […]

The role of nutrition in cancer prevention

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology  Nutrition and Cancer: part 2 Before discussing the relationship between nutrition and development of cancer, it is important to realize that the cause of cancer in a human or pet is complicated and involves many interacting factors. While there is a compelling link between certain nutritional risk factors and […]