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Over 8 million cats and dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year.

But only 1 in 10 will see a veterinary oncologist.

 

That means, on average, the primary care veterinarian will treat 150 cancer patients each year without the help of an oncologist.

 

Yet, complicated, traditional treatments are no longer the only option.  Today veterinary oncologists are utilizing therapeutic interventions that do not require a fume hood or hazardous IV chemotherapy.

Dr. Vanessa Rizzo and her team are honored to provide nationwide remote consultations to pet owners and/or primary care veterinarians everywhere and anywhere, who do not have direct access to a veterinary oncologist. 

 

We want to help pets by educating their caregivers and providing detailed cancer treatment plans based on the latest scientific research and technologies.  These treatment plans will be carried out by the local, primary care veterinarian. 

You may be surprised to know that only half of our patients are currently receiving traditional intravenous chemotherapy. The other half are treated with oral chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapies, nutritional support, pain management, and supplements. Dr. Rizzo can help veterinarians do the same via detailed written guidance with recommendations and responses to specific questions.  

 

Zoom or phone consults with the pet parents are available at the veterinarian's request. Due to a lack of physical contact, we cannot diagnoses or prescribe but we can provide valuable insights regarding test results, cancer behavior, treatment options and prognosis.  Then, if the pet parent decides to proceed with treatment, a comprehensive treatment plan will be provided to the primary care veterinarian. 

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There's more to cancer care than pred!

Comprehensive
Written 
Report
Includes

  • Diagnosis and clinically relevant pathophysiology

  • Interpretation of current staging and bloodwork

  • Recommendations for additional diagnostics

  • Typical tumor behavior and prognostic factors where applicable

  • Prognosis for the patient with no further treatment

  • Prognosis with treatment

  • Direct and indirect treatment options

    • Chemotherapy / targeted therapy protocol, standardized or custom-designed, depending on the individual circumstances

    • Indirect treatment options will include nutritional support, supplements, immune support, and/or pain relief

  • Additional information as deemed pertinent:

    • Information sheets on chemotherapy or targeted therapy handling and administration

    • Abstracts of pertinent literature

    • Client information sheets on tumor type and treatment options

  • All follow-questions from the pDVM will addressed at no additional charge. ​

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Arranging a Consultation

Primary care veterinarians please email us at consults@hopevetspecialtyservices.com. Please include a summary of the case and your contact information in the body of the email. Please attach pertinent data, including medical records, bloodwork results, cytology, biopsy report, images, and imaging reports.  Please let us know if you would like us to schedule a zoom consult with the pet parent or if you are just requesting a comprehensive written consultation with treatment plan.

If you are a pet parent, please ask your primary care veterinarian to contact us. 

 

Dr. Rizzo will prepare your written report within 48 business hours. 

Cost of initial consultation with the pet parent: $325

Cost of follow-up consultation half way through treatment and at the end of treatment if wanted: $150

Cost of written consultation/treatment plan provided to pDVM: $695

The cost of the written treatment plan includes all follow-up questions from the veterinarian for the lifetime of the patient.  

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