Dr Sue is a boarded veterinary medical cancer specialist, book author, radio co-host, lecturer, and Certified Veterinary Journalist. Veterinarians and pet owners know Dr Sue for her positive approach to cancer in pets. Cancer is not a death sentence. While we all want a cure for cancer, Dr Sue encourages veterinarians and pet owners to think of many cancers in pets as chronic conditions that may require chronic therapy, like kidney disease or heart disease. As an oncologist, she recommends treatment when the pet is likely to live longer with treatment than without. And thankfully most pets feel good, if not great, during treatment. Her motto is “live longer, live well”.
Dr Sue’s sessions provide practical cancer information and an inspiring approach to treating and diagnosing cancer. Treating cancer does not have to be depressing. There is hope. Dr Sue’s sessions are engaging, educational and incorporate her fifteen-plus years of clinical experience with case presentations from her practice. Dr Sue is also an advocate of early cancer detection and raising cancer awareness with her “See Something, Do Something. Why Wait? Aspirate ® .” lumps and bumps detection program.
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7 hours ago
🇨🇦 What was a highlight of my short 3 day trip to Toronto?
🐕 The Dog Fountain. Clearly the artist loved pugs. Definitely worth IMO seeing if you get to Toronto ♥️ ... See MoreSee Less
Dr Sue Cancer Vet is at The Carlu.
2 days ago
🇨🇦Great day 1 at the #hillsglobalsymposium in Toronto
💩 it’s all about the microbiome and prebiotics, probiotics and well, poop.
🤳🏽The afternoon changed gears and covered storytelling and social media, and included a few selfies. I was honored to be asked to join the panel of social media experts
👏 @hillspet is hosting an amazing conference and it’s being live-streamed too. Cannot wait for tomorrow
📲 Check out my stories for more of the fun @ The Carlu ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
🐶 Luke is different than most dogs with lymphoma
🤒 He was sick. Most dogs with lymphoma are actually pretty healthy at the time their cancer is diagnosed. He was so sick his family brought him in on emergency where I work.
👉🏼 Also the location of his lymphoma was also less common. It was involving the lymph nodes inside the chest cavity (called mediastinal) and not the more common peripheral lymph nodes.
⚠️ This causes something called pleural fluid - fluid that accumulates around the lungs making it difficult for the lungs to expand and poor Luke to breathe well. It can lead to a respiratory crisis.
💉 Our criticalist tapped his chest - called a thoracocentesis - removing the fluid to allow him to breathe better and also confirmed the diagnosis
👩🏼⚕️ So that’s where I come in. Chemotherapy time. That’s the treatment of choice for lymphoma. Very high response rates. And very well tolerated in most dogs.
🧬 But before we started chemo and steroids I needed a few more tests. I was so glad no one started Luke on steroids to stop the fluid while he got into see me. I need to run a test called flow cytometry to determine if he has B or T cell lymphoma
📊 Most dogs with lymphoma have B-cell, but dogs with mediastinal lymphoma tend to be T-cell, so this important test let’s us know for sure
🤷♀️ Why do I care? B vs T is the most important prognostic predictor, and I also change his chemo protocol based on this information
✔️And I have had T-cell dogs do better and live longer that B cell dogs. So yes, in my opinion, it is worth treating both
♥️ And I hope Luke will be different that the statistics. And live so much longer. And continue to feel great. Because I love him already
🆕 Looking for more info on steroids and cancer? Check out my newest YouTube video.
🆓 I also have tons of videos on dog lymphoma and chemotherapy. Please check them out, tag someone who might need info, and please do not forget to subscribe ... See MoreSee Less