Because each oncology case is medically unique, these guidelines recommend a patient-specific approach consisting of the following components: diagnosis, staging, therapeutic intervention, provisions for patient and personnel safety in handling chemotherapy agents, referral to an oncology specialty practice when appropriate, and a strong emphasis on client support.
Because cancer is often a disease of older pets, the time of life when the pet-owner Relationship is usually strongest, a satisfying outcome for all parties involved is highly dépendent on good communication between the entire healthcare team and the client, particulary when death or euthanasia of the patients is being considered.
These guidelines include comprehensive tables of common canine and feline cancers as a resource for case management and a simple case history.
(J Am Anim hosp Assoc 2016; 52:181-204.) – see pdf attached in library