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  1. Dr. Gerald Post of The Veterinary Cancer Center Wins the Moffly Media Best of the Gold Coast 2013

    Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut 2013 winners have been announced today. The 2013 winner for best veterinarian is Dr. Gerald Post from The Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, CT.  Dr. Post is one of approximately three hundred board-certified veterinary oncologists in the USA. He graduated with distinction from Cornell University in 1983 and received his DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 1988.

    He completed his residency in Oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York and in 1992 became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Post has authored many papers and book chapters on the topics of oncology and hematology and was also recently recognized by New York Magazine as one of the best veterinarians in the tri-state area. This honor of the Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut 2013 is voted on by clients of the practice during the voting period on the Moffly Media website. The publication is mostly known for recognizing great restaurants, hotels, shopping locations, spas and more. They also recognize outstanding doctors, including veterinary specialists in the area.

    Dr. Post will be at the Moffly Media “Winners” party on Thursday, July 25th from 6:30-9:30PM at the Hilton Stamford. Please be sure to stop by at our booth and meet Dr. Post, visit with our special guests and have fun with the photo booth! Limited tickets are still available online at bestoftix.com and tickets will be available at the door for $75.

    The Veterinary Cancer Center (The VCC) is the largest standalone specialized veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. This hospital provides patients with the latest in medicine and when coupled with the staff’s expertise, it allows clients to make informed decisions about what is best for their pet. The VCC will treat your pet as if it were their own, with the utmost compassion and care. When the diagnosis is cancer, you can reach out to the VCC for expert advice and superior medicine. The VCC offers HOPE, for a happier, longer life.

  2. Helping You Make an Informed Decision

    One of the most important things to know about chemotherapy and radiation therapy in dogs and cats is that it is NOT the same as in people; 90% of the pets we treat handle therapy incredibly well with little to no toxicity. In addition, most pets are treated as outpatients with visits typically lasting 30-60 minutes, so the time spent away from you is minimized as much as possible. It’s also important to remember despite what you are going through; there is always a tremendous amount of HOPE! So much has changed in the last 5 years and there has been a rapid and significant progress in cancer diagnostics and therapies. Because of this we wanted to ensure that you have the most current information in regards to the treatment options, including clinical trials, available for your pet’s cancer. We understand that hearing the word “cancer” stirs up many emotions (fear, anxiety, and depression) and we want to address those feelings by providing important information that will allow you to make the decision that is right for you, as well as for your pet.

    Toxicity – Chemotherapy and radiation therapy in dogs and cats are very different from these treatments in people. Veterinary oncologists and pet owners have made the conscious choice NOT to put our pets through what people go through. We have designed protocols to maximize BOTH quality and quantity of life. In addition, there are wonderful new ways to prevent side effects of therapy from ever occurring in the first place. When side effects are anticipated, we make sure the right medications are used to alleviate discomfort.

    Efficacy – Cancer is NOT a death sentence. Cancer is much more treatable now than ever before as we have far more options. New therapies have been developed for the most common types of cancers that have increased life expectancy by over 100% in some cases. With combination therapy, many animals are living with cancer for years and have a wonderful quality of life.

    Cost – Cancer therapy does not have to be expensive–in terms of finances or time. With the advent of oral chemotherapies, metronomic chemotherapies and clinical trials, the cost of treatment is less likely to be a factor for most people. Metronomic chemotherapy is the use of very low dose oral chemotherapy and other medications given daily. This combination of drugs causes almost no side effects and works to slow down the growth of almost all cancers. Again, remember that over 95% of our patients are treated as outpatients and your clinic visits typically last less than an hour (http://www.vcchope.com/petowners/costofcare).

    The Median is NOT the Message – Despite what you may read on the internet or in many scientific papers, the outcome of an individual pet is not known. Statistics are wonderful for comparing groups – either people or animals. However, they have far less meaning to the individual patient. Every pet, just like every person, is an individual, and may respond far better than the average. We will never treat your pet as a statistic and always strive for the best outcome. Helping You Make an Informed Decision Quality of life is extremely important to us. We strive to maximize both quality and quantity of life for your pet.

  3. Research of Anti-Tumor Drug May Lead to First Feline Cancer Treatment

    Chemotherapy, targeted chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and surgery—these have been the standards for the last 5 years. There soon may be an additional type-Vitamin B12 based therapy.

    Researchers at the Bauer Research Foundation (BRF) have designed a vitamin B12-based anti- cancer drug, nitrosylcobalamin (NO- Cbl), and they are evaluating whether it can be used to treat a variety of tumors in both cats and dogs. Vitamin B12 is necessary for all cells to grow and tumor cells have more vitamin B12 receptors than normal cells.

    The researchers at BRF are exploiting this difference and essentially have fashioned a safe “smart bomb” –NO (nitric acid) attached to vitamin B12 (cobalamin) –so that tumor cells are preferentially targeted by this therapy. The doctors and staff at The Veterinary Cancer Center participated in some of the very early trials and we are very excited about this new therapy coming to the market. “No-cbl is a potential game changer in the field of veterinary oncology. This therapy would be an entirely new class of compounds that veterinary oncologists could use to help treat many different types of cancers in both cats and dogs.”