With recent advances in the detection and treatment of cancer in dogs and cats, clients and their pets have more treatment options and hope than ever before. At VSH, we are committed to making clients part of the treatment team offering them the broadest range of effective treatments for their pets, along with frank, compassionate discussion about therapeutic options. At the Veterinary Specialty Hospital, our clients find the optimal combination of technology and compassion that they would expect for themselves and other family members if they were diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
The oncology department is led by board-certified medical oncologists Dr. Brenda Phillips and Dr. Andi Flory and board-certified radiation oncologist Dr. Blaise Burke. Together, they can determine the combination of chemotherapy and radiation that can be administered to provide optimal results for those patients whom a multi-modality approach is appropriate. The oncology department actively collaborates with other VSH specialists to aid in thorough and early detection of cancer, including the use of imaging with CT, MRI, ultrasound, endoscopy and non-invasive biopsies. In conjunction with other medical departments, surgical procedures, critical care, and nutritional support are available.
The Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego was the first veterinary hospital in San Diego to have an in house linear accelerator for radiation therapy. What’s more, our advanced treatment computer allows Dr. Burke to prescribe the precise amount of radiation to his patients, optimizing effectiveness while reducing side effects. Dr. Phillips and Dr. Flory are active in clinical trials, offering the most advanced medical treatments to patients.
Early detection saves lives!
When detected early, cancer in dogs and cats is usually very treatable. Unfortunately, the disease often progresses undiagnosed because cancer symptoms including lymphoma in dogs and cats, and often canine and feline tumors are unrecognized or ignored. The Oncology staff at VSH recommends that pet owners work with their family veterinarians to be educated on the signs and symptoms of cancer.
Oncology Services and Procedures
- Client education and support
- Quality of life enhancement
- Diagnostic Imaging – CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Endoscopy
- Minimally invasive biopsy
- Multimodality therapy – systemic chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgical services
- Nutritional support
- Clinical Trials