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Clinical Case Studies

  • Clinical case challenge: Diagnosis and Treatment of Molly’s Anal Sac Molly, an 11 ½-year-old female Golden Retriever was referred to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for the treatment of an anal sac mass discovered on a routine physical examination. A complete diagnostic workup was completed for this type of cancer to confirm the diagnosis. Learn about the approach taken during …
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Radiation Oncology (Dog) Oscar, a 10-year-old male castrated Yorkshire terrier, presented to the Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School Radiation Oncology Service for a several month history of nasal signs. Oscar’s owners initially noted increased sneezing and increased respiratory noise/congestion approximately six months prior that was non-responsive to treatment with steroids and antibiotics. Intermittent unilateral epistaxis was …
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Oncology (Cat) Oral Mass in a Cat
    History and Physical Exam:  An 11-year-old, castrated male domestic shorthair cat presented for evaluation of a rapidly growing mass along his left rostral maxilla. The owners reported that hyperemia of the mucus membranes had been noticed in that region at his annual physical exam by his local veterinarian.  The lesion progressed over the …
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Oncology (Dog) Cranial Mediastinal Mass in an Old Dog
    History: An 11 year-old, spayed female Labrador retriever presents for polyuria and polydipsia.  The owners report mild lethargy but the dog is otherwise doing well.  Physical examination reveals body condition 4/9 but is otherwise within normal limits for a dog of this age. A complete blood count is within …

Success Stories

  • Radiation to the Rescue Radiation oncology came to the rescue of a rescue black Lab with anal sac adenocarcinoma, which is similar to rectal cancer in people.
  • Truffle’s story Some people looked at the rescued feral kitten in pitiful shape with a deep gash on her flank, and deemed her a hopeless and unadoptable animal. But Ruth, working then in the local animal control office, instead saw a handsome tuxedo-colored feline with a sweet disposition and a manner that conveyed she needed a family.
  • Babushe Imagine a very sweet 14-year-old chocolate lab who shuffles around and looks like he’s a hundred… His owner is crazy in love with him, … and he was diagnosed with lymphoma
    Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers we see in the Oncology service

Research

  • Partners in Healing Work being done at Tufts is helping to advance the field of comparative oncology, which looks at how cancer behaves and is best treated in people and other species.
  • Animal Instinct Tufts scientists seek to put some evidence behind what we intuitively know is a wonderful thing: our special relationship with the animals in our lives.
  • Radiation to the Rescue Radiation oncology came to the rescue of a rescue black Lab with anal sac adenocarcinoma, which is similar to rectal cancer in people.

At Your Service

  • At Your Service: Onoclogy Oncology Service
    Providing Families More Quality Time with their Companion Pets
    Who We Are
    The Harrington Oncology Program at the Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine provides state-of-the-art diagnostic, medical, radiation therapy and surgical techniques. Led by board-certified specialists in medical and radiation oncology, it is supported by a team of residents, …
  • Specialty Spotlight: Ophthalmology Service From routine eye exams to corneal grafting, laceration repair and cataract removal, the Ophthalmology specialists at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals are available around the clock to see patients. Led by board-certified veterinarians, the Ophthalmology team provides expert medical and surgical advice for eye diseases and injuries in small animals, exotic pets, and large …
  • 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 …

Client Education

  • Animal Instinct Tufts scientists seek to put some evidence behind what we intuitively know is a wonderful thing: our special relationship with the animals in our lives.
  • Clinical case challenge: Diagnosis and Treatment of Molly’s Anal Sac Molly, an 11 ½-year-old female Golden Retriever was referred to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for the treatment of an anal sac mass discovered on a routine physical examination. A complete diagnostic workup was completed for this type of cancer to confirm the diagnosis. Learn about the approach taken during …
  • Comprehensive Care for Dog with Cancer Includes Access to Innovative Clinical Trial When Brady, an 11-year-old, mixed breed yellow Labrador, presented to his primary care veterinarian with a lump on his right hind leg in May 2014, it did not appear to be anything of concern. However, after surgery and biopsy results, owner Kory Haag heard the words no pet owner wants to hear: Brady had a …
  • Specialty Spotlight: Ophthalmology Service From routine eye exams to corneal grafting, laceration repair and cataract removal, the Ophthalmology specialists at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals are available around the clock to see patients. Led by board-certified veterinarians, the Ophthalmology team provides expert medical and surgical advice for eye diseases and injuries in small animals, exotic pets, and large …

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