Oncology services at Saint Francis
Oncology is a medical discipline focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The Oncology service at Saint Francis is co-managed by the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Surgery, with adjunct services for pain management and physical rehabilitation via the Johari & Jimmy Rollins Center for Animal Rehabilitation and natural therapies (where appropriate) via the Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine.
We know how important your pet is to you and your family, and it is always our goal to do our best to make both you and your pet comfortable throughout treatment. We do this by communicating with you openly and honestly about your pet’s circumstances, and by offering heartfelt compassion and understanding during your time of need.
Yes, we’re medical professionals with expertise in the treatment of cancer, but we’re also human beings and pet owners ourselves. We understand how difficult it can be to have a pet facing cancer. And we promise to be at your side helping you at the same time we focus on helping your pet.
When your pet is faced with cancer, a our doctors will typically work in concert with your pet’s primary care veterinarian in order to obtain the best possible medical outcome for your pet.
- Quality of life therapies
- Physical rehabilitation and pain management – via the Rollins Center for Animal Rehabilitation here at Saint Francis
- Natural and holistic therapies, considered complementary or alternative – via the Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine at Saint Francis for clients seeking these therapies*
*A note about safety, effectiveness and regulation of complementary and alternative medical therapies: Rigorous, well-designed clinical trials for many complementary and alternative therapies are often lacking; therefore the safety and effectiveness of many therapies are uncertain. Government regulations for most of these therapies are not the same as those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In general, regulations for most supplements and products are less strict; for example, manufacturers do not have to prove the safety and effectiveness of a dietary supplement before it is marketed. However, the federal government is now funding studies in this field through its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and numerous academic medical centers around the country are privately working in the field.