Veterinary Oncology

Our veterinary clinic offers a wide range of services for animal cancer patients.
The main responsible person for oncology is MVDr. Jakub Pfeifr.
 

The quality of life of our animal patient is always on the first place!

... what is the purpose of our work?


CONSULTATION
The basis of our work is to consult the patient's status, diagnosis and treatment options, and discuss the prognosis (if a diagnosis is already known). Nowadays, we always have several choices which treatment to choose, and it is often not easy for the owner to orientate properly in a variety of inconsistent information. In addition, each patient and his or her owner often has individual requirements for attitude, prognosis and treatment plan. That's why we are here for you to come up with a meaningful solution with the main goal - the first is always the effort to fully extend the quality of your pet's life – that means no pain, no suffer.
 
DIAGNOSTICS
In the diagnosis of cancer we proceed according to the latest knowledge in veterinary medicine. In addition to basic examinations (basic hematology, blood biochemistry, ultrasound and x-ray), we use modern molecular and genetic methods, especially in cooperation with certified foreign laboratories. In addition, we work with veterinary research institutes in Brno and Vienna, which gives us the opportunity to move a step forward in the diagnosis of some diseases. Only accurate diagnosis can be the basis for proper treatment.
 
THERAPY
In the treatment of animal cancer we have the following treatment options:

Treatment options


SURGICAL TREATMENT
If the tumor can be treated surgically, this is usually the first choice. Probably the most common type of tumor we are dealing with is mammary gland tumors in females where the procedure of so called mastectomy is performed. Other common diseases most commonly treated by surgical removal are, for example, mast cells tumors in the dog and other skin tumors in dogs and cats, bone and jaw tumors, spleen cancer in the dog and some other tumors in the abdominal cavity in dogs and cats.

 

CHEMOTHERAPY
We use chemotherapy in patients where surgical treatment cannot be performed or because of the risk of metastasis. The most common case, where chemotherapy itself can extend a good life for several years, is lymphoma in the dog and some types of leukemia in the dog. Chemotherapy may help also in cases of bone cancer in the dog (so-called osteosarcoma), aggressive mammary tumors in dogs and cats and many other oncological diseases. We would like to point out here that chemotherapy of an animal patients is very different from human chemotherapy and IS NOT associated with well known large number of undesirable effects.

​RADIOTHERAPY
Radiotherapy is a suitable method of treatment for some diseases where surgery or chemotherapy may not be enough to stabilize the disease. Typically those are various types of sarcoma in a dog, post-injection (postvaccination) sarcoma in a cat and most cancers in the oral cavity in dogs and cats , squamous cell carcinoma, fibrosarcoma and others. However, radiotherapy treatment may be costly and requires a visit to a specialized workplace in Vienna, Prague, Budapest or Postojna Slovenia. We cooperate with all of these sites and we are able to arrange treatment for our patients here.

IMMUNOTERAPY / BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT
In veterinary medicine, these modern methods of treatment are not as common as in human medicine. After individual assessment of the case, we are able to provide our patients with biological treatment (vaccine) of melanoma in dogs and post-vaccination sarcoma in cats. In very rare cases, also in lymphoma in a dog.

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