Friendship Oncology Specialists
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. Led by oncologist Dr. Amanda Foskett, Friendship Oncology Specialists offers a wide variety of treatment options for pets with cancer. Dr. Foskett works closely with a team of experienced and compassionate veterinary technicians and assistants to provide your patient with the highest quality of cancer treatment and state-of-the-art medical care.
Friendship Oncology Specialists sees cases with a definitive diagnosis of cancer, including all multiple myeloma and feline small cell lymphoma cases. We are also willing to see undiagnosed cases with findings highly suggestive of cancer (i.e. hypercalcemia, hyperglobulinemia, lytic bone lesions, bladder masses, generalized lymphadenopathy, large cutaneous or intra-abdominal masses, etc) when these findings cannot otherwise be explained. All veterinary cancer treatment plans are customized to meet the needs and goals of the individual patient and family. Recent advances in diagnostic and treatment capabilities have allowed for a more individualized approach to veterinary cancer care, leading to more successful outcomes.
We strongly recommend that all clients maintain an ongoing relationship with their primary care veterinarian for medical issues unrelated to cancer. All records from oncology will be shared upon discharge to provide continuity of care. Administration of monthly heartworm and flea preventatives is recommended, although we ask that these are avoided within 24 hours of any chemotherapy treatment. Annual vaccines should be discussed on a case-by-case basis but avoided within 24 hours of any chemotherapy treatment. Regular vaccination for rabies is required by law.
Friendship Oncology Specialists is now offering a new immunotherapy developed by ELIAS Animal Health for the treatment of canine osteosarcoma. This canine cancer protocol, ECI®, is based on a treatment for humans called Adoptive T cell therapy, a form of immunotherapy. According to the American Cancer Society “Immunotherapy is treatment that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer.” That is accomplished in two general ways:1) Stimulating your own immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. 2) Giving you immune system components, such as man-made immune system proteins. Patients may be eligible for this therapy if they meet the following criteria:
- Appendicular osteosarcoma with the limb still in place
- Patient determined to be in sufficiently good health overall to undergo and complete the ~6-7 week treatment schedule
- Is not currently pregnant or lactating
- Has not previously received any treatments for its cancer
- Does not have metastatic disease (tumor spread) at the time of diagnosis
- Is not currently on immunosuppressive drugs
- Is not currently taking any supplements, herbal products, or other natural remedies for its cancer or other health related issues
- Does not have a second malignancy
- Has an owner/guardian who is able to take the dog to 6-10 scheduled clinic visits during the 6-7 week treatment schedule
To learn more about this therapy, and to see if your patient may be a good candidate please call Friendship Oncology Specialists to discuss. You may also visit https://eliasanimalhealth.com for a more detailed description of this new treatment.
- Comprehensive consultation and examination
- Emergency consultation and management (availability determined on a case-by-case basis)
- Diagnostic tests for confirmation of diagnosis and cancer staging
- Follow-up and recheck exams
- Traditional chemotherapy
- Targeted chemotherapy
- Immunotherapy (including the Oncept melanoma vaccine)
- Coordination for oncologic surgery
- Referral and coordination for radiation therapy
- Management of treatment- and disease-related side effects/symptoms
- Hospice/palliative care recommendations
- Clinical trials
How to refer:
- Veterinarians wishing to refer or discuss cases may call directly at 202.567.2080, and this number may also be provided to pet owners for scheduling purposes.
- We kindly request that all medical records and imaging be emailed to email@example.com in advance of appointments. Currently, our office hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.