Veterinary OncologyAbout Our Practice

Discussing cancer in our pets can be very difficult.  Our board-certified oncologist, Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius, strives to provide consultation in a compassionate and professional manner to help owners thoroughly understand the various treatment options, side effects, and prognosis.  

What to Expect at your Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is a one hour, sit down consultation with Dr. Ambrosius.   If your pet already has a diagnosis, she will discuss whether any staging tests are necessary to look for spread of cancer.  These may include x-rays, ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI.   If your pet does not have a diagnosis, then she will discuss what tests need to be performed to confirm a diagnosis (cytology, biopsy, etc).  The oncology team does their best to perform diagnostics on the same day of consultation, pending availability.  Following discussion of any recommended diagnostic tests, Dr. Ambrosius will discuss various treatment options.  Maintaining good quality of life is always the most important goal for treating pets with cancer.  Treatment options range from conservative palliative care to systemic therapies (chemotherapy, immunotherapy) to aggressive local options (surgery and/or radiation therapy).  Our goal is that each client fully understands the benefits and disadvantages of each of the treatment options by the end of the consultation.

Diagnostic tests available at AVC:

  • Cytology
  • Histopathology (biopsy)
  • Radiographs
  • Ultrasonography including echocardiograms
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Endoscopy

Therapeutic options available at AVC:

  • Chemotherapy (high dose and metronomic)
  • Immunotherapy
  • Bisphosphonate therapy
  • Pain management
  • Supportive medications
  • Radioactive iodine therapy
  • Surgery
  • Coordinating radiation therapy treatment
  • Coordinating clinical trial enrollment

Common cancer types treated at AVC

  • Lymphoma/leukemia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Mast cell tumors
  • Melanoma
  • Transitional cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinomas
  • Myeloma and plasma cell disorders