The word cancer is as dark and empty as the disease it defines. A diagnosis of cancer often brings with it feelings of overwhelming fear, a spiraling sense of loss of control, and most devastating of all, the loss of hope. This occurs regardless of whether the patient is a human family member or a precious pet. I know, because I am a veterinary oncologist at California Veterinary Specialists Angel Care Cancer Center and am given the honor of doing everything I can to defeat cancer in my animal patients with compassionate care. Like my fellow...
Neoplasia (nee-oh-PLAY-zhuh) is the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells or tissues in the body, and the abnormal growth itself is called a neoplasm (nee-oh-PLAZ-m) or tumor. It can be benign (bee-NINE) or malignant. Benign neoplasms do not grow aggressively, do not invade the surrounding body tissues, and do not spread throughout the body. Malignant neoplasms, on the other hand, tend to grow rapidly, invade the tissues around them, and spread, or metastasize (me-TAS-ta-size), to other parts of the body. The word “tumor” or “mass” is often ..
There are currently very promising developments in the treatment of canine cancer that focus on the natural immune response of the body. Cancer cells secrete elements into the blood that inhibit the immune system from killing them. The LW-2 Canine Therapy focuses on removing these harmful elements without the use of drugs, chemicals, radiation, or complicated surgical procedures. This approach is also intended to limit the possibilities and side effects traditionally associated with cancer treatments.
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and California Veterinary Specialists are teaming up for the 7th annual public service event providing free screening eye exams to Service Animals throughout the month of May 2014. Eligible service animals are invited to receive a free eye exam from our board certified ophthalmologist. Repeat clients from past events are welcome to participate. Best of all, the Service Animal’s owner/agent will incur no cost for these screening services. It is anticipated that through these efforts