Chemotherapy in a nutshell: Safety, protocol, drug doses & other considerations

Oncology | 60 mins

Chemotherapy is one of three principal methods for treatment of veterinary cancer patients. Chemotherapy protocols are not only chosen based on the histopathological diagnosis of the neoplasia, but also based on other considerations, such as extent of the disease, aim of treatment, clinical status of the patient, financial and time commitment of the owners, treatment related success and anticipated adverse effects. Though chemotherapy related adverse effects are reasonably uncommon, they can significantly affect the patients quality of life and efficacy of treatment. It is therefore extremely important that we recognise them quickly and treat them efficiently or make every attempt to prevent them. Health and safety measures are of primary importance when dealing with cytotoxic drugs and patients receiving them. And though complications with chemotherapy administration occur rarely, it is essential we know what to do when things go wrong.

Meet the speakers

Spela Bavcar

Oncology Specialist

Spela graduated in 2010 from Veterinary Faculty in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After two extensive oncology externships in the USA, Spela undertook an internship in a private practice in the Netherlands followed by a residency in Oncology at Edinburgh University. Spela became a Diplomate in Oncology in 2017. She is now Head of Oncology and a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Oncology at the Hospital for Small Animals, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the University of Edinburgh.

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