Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common oral cancer of cats. It is the second most common skin cancer. Cancers, such as these, are treated by our growing oncology service, which provides outstanding, state-of-the-art patient care. But, what happens if the state of the art leaves a lot to be desired? Well, our team advances the state of the art as they have done recently in treating squamous cell carcinoma in cats.
A promising new 9-day protocol combining accelerated radiation with chemotherapy was developed recently by CVM faculty Janean Fidel and Rance Sellon, and clinical staff Betsy Wheeler and Robert Houston.
Dr. Fidel says that “Most veterinarians believe there are no options for treating this disease.” By conducting these studies, she is changing the state of the art. In order to get the word out and change the perception that there are no options, she published her results recently in Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and presented them at the meeting of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in October.
My primary purpose in pointing this out to you is to provide another great example of the blend of patient care, education, and research that is the hallmark of our academic setting. Secondarily, however, I wanted you to be aware of this advanced treatment option. Disseminating information like this is another purpose of this blog.