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Decision Making in Small Animal Oncology

David J. Argyle (Editor), Malcolm J. Brearley (Editor), Michelle M. Turek (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-813-82275-4 October 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 392 Pages


Decision Making in Small Animal Oncology is a practical manual for the increasing number of veterinarians called upon to treat patients with cancer. This case-based quick reference leads practitioners through diagnosis, treatment, and management decisions, offering reliable guidance for more effective management of cancer care. With easy-to-follow algorithms to assist the reader through the critical thinking process, Decision Making in Small Animal Oncology answers the questions most commonly asked in daily practice to provide the cancer knowledge practitioners and students need in general practice.

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Chapter 1 Introduction

  • Cancer Biology and Terminology

  • A Definition of Tumour:

  • A Definition of Cancer

  • Nomenclature

  • Cancer Biology

  • The Causes of Cancer

  • Suggested Further Reading

Chapter 2 Paraneoplastic Syndromes

  • Introduction

  • Specific Syndromes:

  • Hypercalcaemia

  • Hypoglycemia

  • Hypertrophic Osteopathy (HO)

  • Dermatological Paraneoplastic Syndromes

  • Haematologic Paraneoplastic Syndromes

  • Mast cell degranulatio

  • Cancer Cachexia

  • Pyrexia Associated with Neoplasia

Chapter 3 Clinical Approach to the Cancer Patient

  • Introduction

  • Determining the Type of Tumour Ø Tumour Staging

  • Staging For Solitary Tumours.

  • Imaging Technolgies and Their Indications in Oncology

  • Staging for Disseminated or Multicentric Disease:

  • Assessment of General Clinical Health

Chapter 4 Biopsy, Tissue Handling and Interpretation

  • Introduction

  • Is Pre-treatment Biopsy Necessary?

  • Post-Surgical Biopsy is essential for:

  • Pre-Biopsy Considerations

  • Cytology

  • Procedures in Cytology

  • Practical Cytological Interpretation

  • Needle Biopsy

  • Skin Punch Biopsy

  • Incisional Biopsy

  • Excisional biopsy

  • Choosing Biopsy Procedures

  • Bone Marrow Biopsy

  • Tissue Preparation and Handling after Biopsy

  • Interpretation of Histopathology Reports

  • The Pathology Submission Check List

  • Immunohistochemistry


Chapter 5 Cancer Treatment Modalities

  • Choosing the appropriate Modality

  • Surgery

  • Radiotherapy

  • Chemotherapy

  • Novel Therapies

  • Palliative Care

Chapter 6 Tumours of the Skin and Subcutis

  • Introduction

  • Classification

  • Common Clinical Findings

  • Diagnosis

  • Staging for Canine and Feline Epidermal and Dermal Tumours

  • General treatment options for skin tumours

  • Epithelial Tumours

  • Feline Squamous Carcinoma

  • Canine Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  • Mesenchymal Tumours

  • Decision Tree For Soft-Tissue Tumours

  • Injection Site Sarcomas in Cats

  • Round Cell Tumours

  • Melanocytic Tumours

  • Ear Canal Tumours of Dogs and Cats

Chapter 7 Mast Cell Tumours.

Part 1: Cutaneous mast cell tumours in the dog

  • Introduction

  • Pathology and behaviour

  • Clinical presentation

  • Diagnostic investigations

  • Staging

  • Prognostic factors

  • Predictors of behaviour at presentation

  • Treatment options

Part 2: Feline Mast Cell Disease

  • Introduction

  • Cutaneous Feline MCTs

  • Visceral (splenic and intestinal) MCTs

  • Pathology and behaviour

  • Clinical presentation

  • Diagnostic investigations

  • Staging

  • Treatment options

  • Prognostic factors

  • Splenic Mast Cell Tumors

  • Intestinal Mast Cell Tumors

Chapter 8 Canine and Feline Histiocytic Disorders

  • Introduction

  • Histiocyte Biology

  • Canine Cutaneous Histiocytoma

  • Canine Cutaneous Histiocytoma Decision Tree

  • Systemic Histiocytosis

  • Haemophagocytic Histiocytic Sarcoma

  • Feline Histiocytic Sarcoma

Chapter 9 Canine Lymphoma and Leukaemia

  • Lymphoma

  • Canine Leukaemias

  • Feline Leukaemia

Chapter 11 Splenic Tumours

  • Differential diagnoses for splenic masses in the dog and cat

  • Differential diagnoses for Uniform splenomegaly in the dog and ca

  • Diagnostic Decision Tree in Splenic lesions

  • Tumours usually associated with metastatic disease in the spleen


Chapter 12 Gastrointestinal Tumours

  • General Clinical Features Associated with Gastrointestinal Malignancies

  • A General Diagnostic Decision Tree in Gastrointestinal Tumours

  • Oral Tumours

  • Salivary Tumours in Dogs and Cats

  • Oesophageal Tumours in Dogs and Cats

  • Gastric Tumours in Dogs and Cats

  • Intestinal and Rectal Tumours

  • Perianal Tumours

  • Hepatobiliary Tumours

  • Exocrine Pancreatic Tumours

Chapter 13 Tumours of the Respiratory System

  • Nasosinal tumours in dogs

  • Nasosinal tumours in cats

  • Laryngeal Tumours in Dogs

  • Laryngeal Tumours in Cats

  • Tracheal Tumours in Dogs and Cats

  • Lung Tumours in Dogs

  • Pulmonary Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis in the Dog

  • Lung Tumours in Cats

Chapter 14 Endocrine Tumours

  • Tumours of the Endocrine System and their associated syndromes:

  • Pituitary and Adrenal (functional glucocorticoid secreting) Tumours

  • Somatotroph Tumours (Causing feline Acromegaly)

  • Adrenal Gland Tumours

  • The Incidental Adrenal Mass

  • Thyroid Tumours in Dogs

  • Feline Thyroid Tumours

  • Parathyroid Tumours

  • Islet b-Cell Tumours of the Pancreas

  • Miscellaneous Endocrine Tumours

Chapter 15 Tumours of the urinary system

  • Lower Urinary Tract tumours

  • Upper Urinary Tract tumours


Chapter 16 Tumours of the Reproductive Tract.

Part 1: The Female Reproductive Tract

  • Ovarian Tumours

  • Uterine Tumours

  • Vaginal and Vulval Tumours

  • Transmissible Venereal Tumour(TVT)

Part 2: Tumours of the Male Reproductive Tract

  • Prostatic Carcinoma

  • Testicular Tumours

  • Tumours of the Penis and Prepuce:


Chapter 17 Canine and Feline Mammary Tumours

  • Canine Mammary Gland Tumours (MGT)

  • Classification of Canine and Feline Mammary Tumours

  • Feline Mammary Tumours

Chapter 18 Tumours of the Musculoskeletal System

  • Bone tumours

  • Soft tissue sarcomas in Dogs

  • Notes on FISS cases and their management

  • Histiocytic sarcoma (localised).

  • Histiocytic sarcoma (disseminated).

  • Prognosis – soft tissue sarcomas in dogs and cats

Chapter 19 Tumours of the Brain, Spinal Cord, Peripheral Nerves and Special Senses

  • Tumours of the Brain

  • Spinal cord tumours

  • Tumours of Peripheral nerves

  • Tumours of the Eye and Associated Structures


Chapter 20 Miscellaneous Tumours

  • Part 1: Cranial Mediastinal Mass

  • Part 2: Malignant Effusions

  • Part 3: Cardiac Tumours
"It is quite common that general practitioners want to find basic information quickly and, for this purpose, this is the book to have." (Veterinary Times, 25 July 2011)

“This detailed account of cancer in small animals presents volumes of information.... includes an overview of cancer biology and covers diagnostic tests for cancer, treatment options, an dinformation on the majority of specific cancer types that are of concern in cats and dogs. The detail in almost every area is impressive and complete. The authors also nicely balance recommendations for what can and cannot be reasonably performed in a general practice setting. The very specific guidance presented in flow charts for making decisions about the cancers can be helpful, and is not found in other standard oncology texts.” - Doody's Reviews, February 2009

"Will help those who are not board-certified in veterinary oncology to find the information they need in a quick and easy manner. There are... well-written practical sections on subjects such as how to safely administer chemotherapy and the importance of nutritional support. In general, it is a book that allows for rapid access to some basic knowledge about cancer treatment in animals, with... an emphasis on diagnostics and setting up a plan. This is a useful, reasonably priced textbook for someone with little knowledge of veterinary oncology who desires a quick and easy guide to the many tumors of dogs and cats." - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, June 2009

  • Case-based quick reference providing the essential cancer knowledge increasingly needed in general practice
  • Leads practitioners through diagnosis, treatment, and management decisions
  • Easy-to-follow algorithms assist the reader through the critical thinking process
  • Offers reliable answers to the most common questions in general practice
  • Provides guidance for more effective management of cancer patients
  • Emphasizes canine and feline cancer care, with additional information on exotic companion animals