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Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology

Honoring the Human-Animal Bond

Villalobos, Alice / Kaplan, Laurie


2. Edition November 2017
520 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-29039-1
John Wiley & Sons

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Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond, Second Edition provides a complete clinical approach to the most common neoplasias in geriatric dogs and cats.
* Provides the tools needed to diagnose and treat aging pets with cancer and to help clients make the best decisions for themselves and their animals
* Addresses the "what-ifs" that often arise during interactions with clients of aging pets with cancer and helps to determine when a pet should enter the hospice phase
* Features many vignettes and real-life case studies to demonstrate the issues faced by clinicians and owners dealing with older dogs and cats with cancer and end-of-life issues
* Fully updated and expanded with new and revised information, including new knowledge on palliative and hospice care and self-care techniques for carers

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction xv

Part One

Chapter 1 Molecular Biology of Cancer and Aging 3

Chapter 2 Caring for Geriatric Cancer Patients: The Concept of Pawspice and What Is Needed Aside from Medical Care 23

Part Two

Chapter 3 The Warning Signs of Cancer in Geriatric Pets 43

Chapter 4 Basic Types of Cancer and Their Biological Behavior 89

Chapter 5 Generating the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Cancer in Geriatric Pets 103

Part Three

Chapter 6 Treating Cancer in Geriatric Pets 137

Principles and Philosophic Perspective 137

The Role of Surgery in Cancer Management 144

Chemotherapy in the Management of Geriatric Cancer 152

Adverse Effects of Cancer Therapy in Geriatric Pets 165

The Role of Radiation Therapy in Cancer Management 184

Immunotherapy, Cancer Vaccines, and Gene Therapy 190

Chemoprevention and Immunonutrition 195

Integrative and Alternative Medicine 204

Electroporation and Electrochemotherapy

Chapter 7 Pain Control for the Geriatric Cancer Patient 213

Chapter 8 Decision Making with Advanced and Recurrent Cancer in the Geriatric Patient 241

Chapter 9 When and How to Decide That a Geriatric Cancer Patient Is Terminal 277

Chapter 10 Palliative Care: End of Life "Pawspice" Care 293

Chapter 11 Euthanasia for the Geriatric Cancer Patient 319

Chapter 12 The Veterinary Professional/Client Relationship: Supporting Your Clients Supporting Yourselves

Chapter 13 Professional Support: The Wellbeing of the Veterinarian and the Team

Appendix 1 Specific Tumor Protocols 335

Appendix 2 Handouts for Clients 351

Appendix 3 Cartoon Maps 361

The authors

Alice Villalobos, DVM, is a past President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians, President Emeritus of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, Fellow Emeritus of the National Academies of Practices, and a Founding Member of the Veterinary Cancer Society. She is Director of Animal Oncology Consultation Service in Hermosa Beach and Woodland Hills, California, USA. She is also Director of Pawspice, an end-of-life care consultation clinic.

Laurie Kaplan, MSC, is a medical animal writer in Ossining, New York, USA, founder and administrator of the Magic Bullet Fund, and author of Help Your Dog Fight Cancer: Empowerment for Dog Owners.

A. Villalobos, Pawspice, Norwalk, California, USA