Compassionate Oncology for Your Pet
Getting the news that your beloved pet has cancer can be devastating. At Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies, we know how important your pets are because our pets are important members of our families, too. That’s why we work together with your family veterinarian to provide compassionate cancer care in your time of need. We will provide information to help you make more informed decisions during this important part of your pet’s health journey.
We are glad to share that board-certified Veterinary Medical Oncologist Marie Janson, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology) has joined our Castle Rock veterinary oncology department. An oncology consultation with Dr. Janson will involve a thorough explanation of the type of cancer your pet has been diagnosed with, as well as information on the many different treatment options available, including chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy. Dr. Janson will take a team approach, educating and empowering you to take the lead in the fight against your pet’s cancer, supporting you every step of the way.
Our Veterinary Oncology and Cancer Treatment Services
Dr. Janson and her team can help you and your family veterinarian to manage care and treat any pain that your pet may be experiencing. Combining state-of-the-art oncology treatment options can dramatically extend survival times for some types of cancer. Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies offers the following oncological and treatment services:
- Full staging capabilities such as abdominal ultrasound, cytology, biopsy, thoracic radiography (and CT scan) can allow for same-day staging information so you can make timely treatment decisions.
- Traditional chemotherapy (one or more anti-cancer drugs) can help to reduce symptoms and prolong your pet’s life, in the form of a pill or injection. We are equipped to handle and administer chemotherapy drugs safely to your pet.
- Targeted oral chemotherapy can be used to provide tailored treatments for your pet to address unique tumor targets.
- Bisphosphonate therapy may be used to treat bone pain.
- Immunotherapy can activate the body’s own immune system with vaccines to help it to recognize and eliminate cancer cells.
- Surgical oncology is available, with our board certified surgeon and medical oncologist working together to provide the best surgical options andpost-operative and other therapeutic care.
- Radiation therapy is another potential way to control tumors locally if surgery is not an option. Dr. Janson will provide a thorough consultation on this option and if recommended, will refer pets and their families to a university where it is performed.
- Anti-angiogenesis may be implemented to target blood vessel growth.
- Laser therapy may be used for local tumor control.
- Clinical trials using experimental drug therapy will also be discussed if applicable to your pet’s specific condition.
What is a Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist?
Board certified veterinary oncologists including Dr. Janson have achieved their doctorate in veterinary medicine and have completed multiple additional years of training in veterinary oncology. This focused training includes an internship, rotating through different medical and surgical specialties, and performing a cancer-focused residency. Throughout their specialized training, veterinary oncologists must pass comprehensive examinations and meet publication requirements to ultimately become board-certified in Medical Oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).
What are Symptoms of Cancer in Pets?
Cancer symptoms in dogs and cats can have many different signs or no signs at all. Wounds that won’t heal, certain swelling or lumps, enlarged lymph nodes, an inability to walk or move normally, or the presence of abnormal bleeding may be symptoms of cancer or other serious conditions. In some pets, there are few or no obvious signs. If you know your pet isn’t feeling well and something is not quite right, please ask your family veterinarian for their evaluation.
My Pet Has Cancer. What Happens Next?
We are pet parents, too, and know that this is one of the hardest things to go through. We’re here as a resource for you to book an appointment directly with Dr. Janson at Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies by calling 303-660-1027 (no referral is needed). Or feel free to have your family vet contact us. We are honored to be able to help pets and their people through what can be a very difficult time.
Marie Janson, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology) grew up in Pennsylvania. She completed her veterinary degree at Purdue University, then went on to complete an internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. She found her way to Colorado when she did her three year medical oncology residency training at Colorado State University. Since 2005, she has been practicing Veterinary Medical Oncology in Michigan, New Mexico, and her favorite place of all, Colorado.
Dr. Janson shares free time with her husband Rick, their three children, and their two dogs. Together they enjoy hiking, road trips, trail running, yoga, outdoor concerts, and family-friendly community events.