At Friendship Hospital for Animals our goal is to preserve, lengthen, and improve quality of life for dogs and cats that are afflicted with cancer. With that in mind, we have been delighted to be able to offer Oncology Services for pet dogs and cats since 1998. Headed by board-certified oncologist, Dr. Chand Khanna, Oncology Services offers a wide variety of treatment options for pets with cancer. Dr. Khanna, along with Dr. Tony Rusk (who joined the Oncology Services in 2001) works closely with the staff at Friendship and with local referring veterinarians to provide the best healthcare options for cancer patients.
The focus of Oncology Services is to provide treatment options that meet the specific needs of each client whose pet has been diagnosed with cancer. These options may include conventional chemotherapy, new investigational therapies, and palliative or supportive care. We believe that success in providing options and helping families is best achieved with close communication between Oncology Services, the primary care veterinarian, and the family.
Along with the traditional chemotherapy options, Oncology Services at Friendship Hospital for Animals offers cutting-edge cancer treatments due to an alliance with Animal Clinical Investigations (formerly Animal Cancer Institute) headed by Drs. Khanna and Rusk. This nationwide organization helps to identify novel cancer treatments through collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry. The research that stems from these trials contributes to future generations of anti-cancer drugs and further promotes the understanding of the complexity of cancer.