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.
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.
Practitioners who refer an oncology patient to a specialist should be mindful of the following considerations.
Guidelines have been developed to avoid arbitrary decisions in assessing therapeutic response.
2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats footnotes and references.