Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, and vlogger (video blogger). She is one of approximately 450 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America and currently practices at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Fidu, a teleconsulting company to bring together general practice veterinarians and boarded veterinary specialists. She received her veterinary training at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in medical oncology at the Animal Medical Center in NYC in 2003.
She was voted the 2019 Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year and has recently received awards for Exceptional Doctor Performance and the Public Relations Achievement.
Also known as Dr Sue Cancer Vet®, Dr. Sue is the co-author of the Second Edition of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, which is a best-selling book in small animal health for the last several years. She is a frequent contributor to many veterinary publications, including Today’s Veterinary Practice, Today’s Veterinary Business, Clinician’s Brief, Veterinary Team Brief, & DVM360. She also has co-hosted the podcast The Pet Cancer Vet and is a frequent guest on many veterinary podcasts.
There are many myths and misconceptions about cancer in dogs and cats. Most cancers are treatable, and there are a variety of treatment options. Dr Sue’s focus is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care. She strives to minimize side effects – from the cancer itself and treatment – to help her patients lead active, normal lives even while undergoing treatment. Her motto is live longer, live well.
Dr. Sue is most passionate about raising cancer awareness, and she has developed “See Something, Do Something, Why Wait? Aspirate.®” to promote early cancer detection and diagnosis. This cancer awareness initiative for skin and superficial tumors in dogs and cats provides a set of guidelines for pet owners and veterinarians to help identify the best management for skin and subcutaneous (under the skin) masses in dogs and cats. Masses must be sampled and evaluated under a microscope to determine what they are. The sooner we determine whether a mass is cancerous and should be removed, the better for our pets. Most skin and subcutaneous tumors can be cured with surgery alone if diagnosed early when masses are small. Early detection saves lives.
A native of Long Island, New York, Dr Sue knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was in kindergarten. She currently lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband, a veterinary internist, their two sons, and their goofy black Labrador, Matilda, and yellow Labrador, Penelope.
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4 days ago
🎥 Sneak peek for my latest vlog 🎥
Melanoma in Dogs: Overview, Skin and Digit
🖥 You can watch the full video on YouTube
Melanomas are tumors of melanocytes, pigment cells, in dogs that can be benign or malignant. Malignant melanomas in dogs can be an aggressive cancer.
In this vlog, I cover an overview of melanoma in dogs including the common locations such as the oral cavity, digit and skin. I tell you all about where we find them, where they metastasize or spread to, what diagnostic tests you will want to do, how we treat, and the prognosis.
Come back for the next vlog for even more info on oral malignant melanoma, the most common malignant cancer in the mouth of dogs. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
🎉 Celebrate the victories
Joey is a spectacular Main Coon cat, and his pancreatic carcinoma sadly grew back 3 months after surgery.
Now it’s 1 year anniversary.
In this video I explain how I’m treating him and why there are options for some pets with metastatic and recurrent cancer.
I also recently started to treat him for IBD. Yes sometimes our patients have multiple issues going on and often need multiple doctors.
Please learn about the options so you can make an educated decision. Consult with a cancer specialist or ask your veterinarian to consult with one. (I offer teleconsults through Fidu Vet)
💊 Want more information on Palladia and these metronomic protocols and how I have used it in my patients? Head on over to my YouTube channel and check out these vlogs 105 & 106
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2 weeks ago
🥳 IMO this is big!
When fighting cancer, I say we celebrate victories big and small. Celebrate often. Celebrate every day.
And today is no exception. Today I want to share Jesse’s celebration. 🎉
It has been FOUR YEARS & FOUR MONTHS since this 11 year old Schnauzer’s diagnosis of digit malignant melanoma.
After his surgery I treated with the melanoma immunotherapy vaccine and now he gets his booster every 6 months.
Four years is like 20 plus years for a person with cancer. He’s a survivor. Typically with surgery and the vaccine the median survival time is about 16 months. The 1-year survival rate is about 60%, and the 2-year is about 30%.
So, let me say it again, Jesse is out over 4 years. Why am I so excited? Because this is an aggressive cancer with a high metastatic rate, 30 to 40 % have metastasis at diagnosis. It makes me so happy to see my patients beat the statistics and #livelongerlivewell
Looking for more info on melanoma? I have 2 new vlogs coming out on melanoma including skin, digit and then oral malignant melanoma in the next few weeks, so please subscribe on YouTube so you will get notified when they are out. ... See MoreSee Less