Oncology, Surgical Management & Chemotherapy

Cancer is a major health concern in cats and dogs. It is estimated that one in four cats and dogs will die from cancer or cancer related disease. However, cancer, unlike chronic kidney or heart disease, is the only common chronic disease in small animals where a relatively early diagnosis frequently leads to either a cure or a prolonged period of remission, with very good to excellent quality of life.

Tumours and Pets

Tumours of the skin account for approximately one-third of tumours in dogs and one-quarter of tumours in cats. Some of these are benign but 50-65% are malignant. Most skin tumours are primary and secondary spread of lesions (metastatic) are uncommon.

Mast cell tumours (MCTs)  are the commonest skin tumour in dogs and removal is recommended as soon as they are identified.

Over the last 20 years there have been many changes in the attitude and approach of pet owners and the veterinary profession to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The demand for both basic and specialist treatment of animals with cancer is continually increasing. Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are the main weapons in the fight against cancer.

Cat Patient

Treatment for Pet Tumours

Dog Patient


Surgery is and remains the most effective method of treatment for many ‘solid’ tumours such as mast cell tumours. Excision of the tumour with adequate margins frequently results in surgical cure.


Chemotherapy remains the treatment of choice for systemic disease, particularly lymphoma, and is increasingly used as an adjunct to surgery for those tumours with a high risk of metastasis (spread).

Here at Marshalswick Veterinary Surgery we pride ourselves on the excellent care, service and facilities we are able to offer our clients and patients, who need or are currently receiving treatment for cancer. We have had excellent results with Chemotherapy and lots of our patients respond well.

If you are at all worried or concerned, call our practice to make an appointment as soon as possible. Our veterinary surgeons will be more than happy to examine your pet and discuss the most appropriate line of treatment.

Remember, the sooner you take action the sooner we can.