Veterinary Oncology (The Practical Veterinarian series)
Kevin A. Hahn, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology)

Review by Kathy Lyon Star
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This is another in the series of small books intended to provide ready reference to the practicing veterinarian. This one is exceptionally good. It's easy to see that the author knows his oncology and loves the field.

The steps this author outlines to develop a diagnosis and treatment plan are interesting and unique. His rules: Rule 1 - Get a Diagnosis; Rule 2 - Evaluate the Entire Patient; Rule 3 - Develop an Appropriate Treatment Plan. The various choices are outlined after the basic rules, and the following chapters are maps of how to arrive at these goals. The section on getting a diagnosis runs up to page 63, covering the various tumor types and how to identify them. It's not just a skimmed-over topic, but will be truly helpful in improving diagnostic skills.

The section on Tumor Tidbits lists the variety of tumors one might see in practice, how to identify and treat them, and other considerations. The Principles of Chemotherapy section gives you the what and why of treatment, and provides more than just a quick-note type of instruction. Dosages, Indications, and Adverse Reactions are covered. The section on Supportive Care and Rehabilitation is excellent. Nutrition is broken down into several areas; Nutrition; Nutritional Alternatives; Nutritional Assessment of the Cancer Patient; Anorexia; Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition; Patient Assessment; and Nutritional Needs.

Pain management is covered. The topic of complications is concise, but thorough. The reader will know, in reading this book, that the writer knows his topic. There are photos included, but some are dark and could have been digitally manipulated to enhance them for publication. They do illustrate important issues.

Cases are discussed in the last section. They are interesting cases, and Key Points (that give the reader clues on how to proceed in similar cases) are given in some.

Not all of the books on this series are this quality; in fact, some are not very good. However, this one is very much worth having. You have the combination of someone who knows his topic and how to organize and present the information, plus an easy-to-read format.

Butterworth Heinemann imprint, an Elsevier title (2002).

Softcover, 318 pages.

ISBN: 9780750672962.


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
 
Can. Fel. Geriatric Oncology
 
Decision SA Oncology
 
Help Dog Cancer (VSPN Review)
 
Lymphoma Dogs & Cats
 
Small Animal Oncology
 
Small Animal Oncology: An Introduction (VSPN)
 
Tumors Domestic Animals 4th Ed.
 
Withrow and MacEwen’s Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 5th Ed (VSPN)
 
* Cancer Dogs Cats 2nd Ed.
 
* Ocular Tumor Animal & Human
 
* SA Clin. Onc. 3rd Ed.
 
You are here* Vet. Oncology PVS
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: August 2, 2004

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