At Your Service: Oncology
Tufts’ Clinical Oncology Team
The clinical oncology service at Tufts’ Foster Hospital is comprised of veterinary oncologists, residents and technicians who work together as a team. The oncologists work closely with the surgery service, which has expertise in surgical oncology, as well as with the pathology, diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and pain management services. Through collaboration with these and other specialty services throughout the hospital, the oncology service provides a broad range of options for owners of companion animals with cancer.
As a member of the National Cancer institute’s Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium, as well as through independent studies and collaboration with other veterinary and biomedical institutions, the oncology service is able to offer investigational therapies in addition to conventional treatment.
Tufts’ veterinary oncology team offers a Siemens linear accelerator with 6 MV photon and 12-18 MeV electron beams, a multileaf collimator and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) capabilities. In addition, strontium-90 plesiotherapy is offered, allowing for wide breadth of radiation therapy options.
The oncology service typically accepts new patients with a confirmed diagnosis of cancer. This allows us to provide clients with a full array of staging and treatment options on their initial visit. We recognize that circumstances arise in which an oncology consultation is valuable before a diagnosis is made, and we encourage veterinarians to call us about these cases to facilitate a referral.
Even when pet owners are uncertain whether they wish to pursue treatment for their pets with cancer, we encourage referrals to address questions by the pet owners regarding the anticipated course of the disease, treatment options and palliative care. The oncology clinicians also are glad to provide complimentary telephone consultations to veterinarians regarding general information on cancer management or to discuss a possible referral.
Medical Oncology Faculty
Dr. Lisa Barber, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Kristine Burgess, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Radiation Oncology Faculty
Dr. Michele Keyerleber, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Elizabeth McNiel, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVR
Surgical Oncology Faculty
Dr. John Berg, DVM, MS, DACVS
Dr. Raymond Kudej, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Dr. Robert McCarthy, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Chantal Tu, DVM
Dr. Naoko Sogame, DVM, PhD
Dr. Bryan Marker, DVM
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Kristin Marshall, (508) 839-5395 x84422
Kelly Reed, (508) 839-4682 x84682