What to expect

What to expect

What to expect2023-06-08T13:33:50+10:00
For Owners

What to expect

At your pet’s appointment, one of our oncology team will examine your pet thoroughly and discuss any recommendations they may have.

Sometimes the specialist may suggest further tests which may include diagnostic imaging, biopsy or blood tests. Some results can be obtained on the same day as testing while others will take 24 hours to get the results (or perhaps longer).

We will discuss our recommended tests and treatment plans with you and give a full understanding of costs. We value the opportunity to work together with you and your regular vet to and encourage a collaborative approach to decide on the best treatment option. And at any time, if you want to discuss this further with either your regular vet or one of our oncology team please just call or email the team on info@petcancercare.com .

We realise that some of our pet owners travel a long distance to receive specialist care, so rest assured we will discuss and agree with you what is best for you and your pet.

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Referrals – how it works

New consult bookings can be made by either referring veterinarians, specialists or owners by calling their closest hospital location.

Alternatively, email info@petcancercare.com to talk to a member of the Oncology team or to have reception call to make a new consult booking.

  • Your local vet, who has been caring for your loved pet through their life, can connect you with the team of cancer specialists with just one referral

  • We will work with you and your regular vet to provide you with all the care and expertise you need to make the most appropriate decision that works for you, your family and your pet

  • We are here to help

Frequently asked questions

What are the common symptoms of cancer in pets?2023-04-10T21:05:39+10:00

Early detection and treatment of cancer is critical to achieving best possible outcomes for any cancer patient. As such being vigilant and being able to recognize potential signs of cancer in your pet is crucial. Some common signs that could indicate cancer include the development of any new lump or changes in any previously noted lump, swollen lymph nodes under the jaw, behind the knee or in the groin region, a distended abdomen, weight loss, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, decreased appetite, straining to urinate or defecate, any abnormal discharge in urine or stool, lethargy, pain in ambulating or difficulty getting comfortable, a bad odor from the mouth, coughing or any difficulty breathing. Some cancers can be present with no clearly obvious signs and as you know your pet better than anyone else, we encourage you to look into any changes out of the ordinary and which may have you concerned.

Is my pet’s cancer treatable?2023-04-10T21:05:51+10:00

Whilst not all cancer conditions are curable, all cancer is treatable with significant extension of longevity possible in many instances. However, it must be stressed that at ONE we do not pursue longevity at the expense of your pet’s quality of life. It is very important that the treatments we offer are not worse than the disease itself. There are many variables involved in determining an optimal care plan for an individual cancer patient. We will present all viable options and help you arrive at the best diagnostic and treatment plan for your pet and your individual family circumstances.

Where do I turn to?2023-04-10T21:06:06+10:00

Usually, a preliminary diagnosis will be made by your trusted family veterinarian. They will be able to provide you with several initial options including referral for an expert analysis. If further diagnostics and treatment are feasible and desired by you then this step should be followed up on as soon as possible. Your pet deserves the ultimate in care for a best possible outcome but even when no definitive therapy is pursued, obtaining the most up to date and current options for your pet is an empowering experience that will assist you to make the best decision.

Hope starts with ONE2023-04-10T21:06:22+10:00

Meeting with one of our specialist oncologists at one of our convenient locations is the first step in making sense of the traumatic diagnosis you have received and in understanding the journey ahead. There are many new approaches to cancer care for pets that can achieve longevity and improved quality of life without many of the negative effects experienced in people. With our expert care and cutting-edge resources, you have more reason to hope now than ever before. Ask your family veterinarian to reach out to us and schedule a consult or feel free to contact us directly. We will endeavour to see you and your pet as soon as possible following diagnosis.

Which location do I visit for ONE treatment?2023-06-05T17:59:22+10:00

ONE operates out of 4 locations. We will work with you or you referring vet to determine which site would be most suitable for the treatment of your pet.

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Treatment Process

The treatment process is individualised for each pet and their cancer diagnosis. After an initial consultation with one of our Oncology specialists the best care plan and treatment options will be discussed at length. This may include diagnostic procedures such as advanced imaging, biopsy and blood work, if not already completed by the referring vet. Depending on the diagnosis treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination approach.

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