Oncology Guidelines task force members.
Cytology provides information based on the microscopic appearance of individual cells. Fine-needle sampling, which may or may not involve aspiration, can be performed safely for themajority of external tumors, without sedation or anesthesia.
Diagnostic staging is a mainstay of oncology case management. Staging is the process of determining the extent of local disease and the presence or absence of regional or distant metastasis
Guidelines have been developed to avoid arbitrary decisions in assessing therapeutic response.
The importance of attention to appropriate safety precautions in handling hazardous drug (HD) preparations in the clinic setting cannot be overemphasized.
Good communication skills are a key component of a successful practice. Oncology cases raise the bar by placing a premium on the clinician’s ability to engage and empathize with the owner of a cancer patient.
2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats footnotes and references.
All companion animal practices will be presented with oncology cases on a regular basis, making diagnosis and treatment of cancer an essential part of comprehensive primary care.