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Oncotype Test
Rachael67 posted:
For humans with cancer there is a test called the oncotype which helps determine the effectiveness of chemo for a given patient/given case. Is there any such for animals?

As my dog apprently might be dealing with the possibility of needing chemo, I sure would like to have that kind of information before making such a decision.

Thanks for any help you can give.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Dear Rachael167,

I find reference to this test for breast cancer in women.

I know of no such test by that name in veterinary medicine however advances have been made in cell typing in many veterinary cancers to help stage the cancer and determine prognosis and response to therapy.

A veterinary oncologist would have the most information regarding the latest and greatest. This is a great question to ask your family veterinarian and they could consult with an oncologist in your community. This might help you make the decisions you need to make concerning chemotherapy for the cancer your dog has.

Dr. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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