Surgical Oncology

If your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, your family veterinarian may refer you to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre for a consultation with a veterinary medical oncologist.

The medical oncologist is part of a specialized team that includes board-certified specialists in medical oncology, radiiation oncology, surgery and internal medicine.

After the initial diagnostics and staging of your pet's cancer, the oncology team will recommend a treatment plan. Depending on the type of cancer, its location, the health of the patient and the family's wishes, the plan may include surgery only or a surgical procedure in combination with other treatments.

Surgery can be a successful treatment option for a number of common cancers: 

  • mast cell tumours
  • soft tissue sarcomas
  • tumours located inside the mouth (oral tumours)
  • bone cancer
  • organ cancers (liver, lung, bladder)

In certain bone cancer cases, limb-sparing surgery can be a viable option for saving a pet's limb. Members of the WCVM surgical team also provide reconstructive surgery for animals after tumour removal.