Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human Animal Bond / Edition 1

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Half the population of dogs and cats alive today, aged 10 and over, will die of neoplasia. The bond your clients have developed with their older pets is especially strong and drives the increasing demand for medical treatment of companion animals diagnosed with cancer.Although other texts provide a competent clinical approach to the most common tumors in dogs and cats, this book also offers you something more-a focus on the special needs of geriatric pets and their owners to ensure not simply an accurate diagnosis, but to guarantee the most appropriate treatment regimefor pet and client.Amply illustrated and with dozens of case studies representative of what you'll regularly encounter in practice integrated in the text,Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncologywill provide you with the tools you'll need not only to diagnose and treat aging pets with cancer, but also to help you help your clients make the best decisions for themselves and for the animals with whom they share their lives.This book, while useful to the specialist, is primarily geared toward the veterinarian in general practice and to veterinary technicians and staff. Other books offer the basic "how to," butCanine and Feline Geriatric Oncologyalso addresses the many "what ifs" you'll face in your interactions with clients and their aging pets diagnosed with cancer.

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“Excellent job of teaching the art of dealing with terminal illness…made me rethink how I approach cancer patients and owners…helped me, my patients and clients.”
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“A wealth of case histories. These are instructive and touching, demonstrating the value of an individualized approach to each patient and owner.” Compendium

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813802664
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Villalobos, DVM, is the 2005-2006 President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians, Director of Animal Oncology Consultation Service in Woodland Hills and Torrance, California. She is also Director of Pawspice, an end-of-life care consultation clinic in Norwalk, California, and Founder of the Peter Zippi Memorial Fund, which has placed over 11,000 animals in homes. Dr. Villalobos received the UC Davis Alumni Achievement Award and the Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian Award for her pioneering role in bringing oncology services to companion animal practice. She writes and lectures on veterinary cancer care at national and regional veterinary conferences worldwide, sharing her unparalleled 35 years of experience in this field.

Laurie Kaplan, MSC, organized and edited the work. Laurie is a medical animal writer and author of “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer: An Overview of Home Care Options.” She is the former editor-in-chief of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Catnip newsmagazine, a member of Dog Writers Association of America, Inc., and administrator of the Magic Bullet Fund, a program of the Perseus Foundation that finances cancer treatment for dogs.

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Table of Contents





Part One.

Chapter 1 Molecular Biology of Cancer and Aging.

Chapter 2 What is Needed in Geriatric Oncology Aside from Treatment.

Part Two.

Chapter 3 Warning Signs of Cancer in Geriatric Dogs and Cats.

Chapter 4 Basic Types of Cancer and Biological Behavior.

Chapter 5 Generating the Diagnosis Part Three.

Chapter 6 Treating Cancer in Geriatric Patients.

6A Introduction to Cancer Care for Geriatrics.

6B Surgery for Geriatric Oncology Patients.

6C Chemotherapy for Geriatric Oncology Patients.

6D Adverse Effects From Chemotherapy.

6E Radiation Therapy for Geriatric Cancer Patients.

6F Immunotherapy, Vaccines, Gene Therapy.

6G Chemoprevention and Immunonutrition.

6H Integrative, Complimentary Medicine.

Chapter 7 Pain Control for the Geriatric Oncology Patient in Treatment.

Chapter 8 Decision Making with Advanced Stage Cancer and Recurrence.

Chapter 9 When and How to Decide That a Geriatric Cancer Patient is Terminal.

Chapter 10 Palliation and Pawspice Care.

Chapter 11 Euthanasia of the Geriatric Oncology Patient.

Appendix 1. Specific Tumor Protocols.

Appendix 2. Handouts for Clients.

Appendix 3. Cartoon Maps.


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