The Oncology service offers a comprehensive service covering all aspects of the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of oncological and haematological disease in small animals. We work closely with clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging and the surgical services to ensure the best possible treatment and quality of life for our patients. We offer a wide range of chemotherapeutic options for lymphoma and some leukaemias. In addition to surgical treatment, we also provide chemotherapy for selected solid tumours, usually as post-operative adjunctive therapy.
The oncology service has expanded with the launch of radiotherapy as a treatment modality alongside chemotherapy and surgery. This allows us to reach deep and bulky tumours and also a range of electron beams for more superficial treatments. A multi-leaf collimator allows delivery to precisely-shaped radiation fields and minimises any side-effects. A Prowess planning system tailored to animals allows careful delivery of the radiation beams to maximise the success of treatment and avoid sensitive structures. To provide the best possible service, we have a therapeutic radiographer trained in human radiotherapy who, in conjunction with our radiation oncologists, will plan and deliver treatment to our patients.
Brain tumour & neuro-oncology centre for companion animals
Brain tumours affect from 2.8 to 4.5% of dogs and around 2.2% of cats. Additionally, dogs and cats can suffer from spinal or nerve tumours. Although frequently associated with a poor prognosis, current advances in veterinary therapeutics allow for considerable improvements in the quality of life of many companion animals with cancer affecting their nervous system.
Our Neurology and Oncology teams here at the Small Animal Hospital of the University of Glasgow hold vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of tumours involving the nervous system of dogs and cats and have access to state-of-the-art facilities to provide the best standards of care for affected patients. Thus, we are establishing the first neuro-oncology clinic for dogs and cats in Europe, the Brain Tumour & Neuro-Oncology Centre for Companion Animals (Brain tumour & neuro-oncology centre brochure).
- to provide dogs and cats with primary and metastatic spine, nerve and brain cancer with the best standards of care including the most advanced treatment options
- to educate and support pet-owners and referring veterinarians
- to further progress our understanding of cancer affecting the nervous system of companion animals
Features of the Brain Tumour & Neuro-Oncology Centre for Companion Animals:
- one of the largest Neurology/Neurosurgery teams in Europe
- on-site imaging facilities including MRI & CT for diagnosis and therapy planning
- state-of-the-art facilities for brain and spinal surgery including CUSA Excel+ Ultrasonic Aspirator to optimize tumour removal
- on-site radiotherapy and an experienced, compassionate Oncology team
- large team of anaesthetists with broad experience on managing patients with nervous system tumours
- a 24/7 intensive care unit
- on-site pathology service to provide prompt specific diagnosis for sampled tumours allowing most appropriate treatments to be implemented timely
Diagnostic techniques & therapeutic modalities available at the SAH:
- Stereotactic brain biopsies using 3D-printed patient-specific skull moulds
- Palliative ventriculoperitoneal shunting to by-pass obstruction of the spinal fluid flow
- Enhanced brain and spinal tumour removal by means of ultrasonic aspiration
- Access to clinical trials for specific tumour types