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About Oncology

The mission of the Harrington Oncology Program is to provide the highest quality care for companion animals with cancer. This is accomplished by integrating state-of-the-art diagnostic, medical, radiation therapy and surgical techniques.

The oncology service is led by board-certified specialists in medical and radiation oncology and is supported by a team of residents, dedicated technicians and staff. We work closely with a highly skilled surgery service, with expertise in surgical oncology, as well as with specialists in internal medicine and a variety of other services. This close collaboration allows us to offer options for treatment that are tailored to the individual patient, according to the tumor type, the particular health of the patient and the family's expectations. This could be either a comprehensive treatment plan that includes a combination of different therapies or a more conservative strategy focusing on palliative care.

The radiation oncology service boasts a sophisticated linear accelerator (Siemens Primus linear accelerator with 6MV photon and 6-21 MeV electron capabilities. This unit has a 56-leaf collimator that allows for intensity modulated radiation therapy). This is only one of a few such units in operation in veterinary medical establishments. Strontium plesiotherapy is also available.

The Harrington Oncology Program is recognized nationally as a leader in the field. The members of the service are engaged in ongoing research into the causes, biology and treatment of cancer, including environmental risk factors for cancer and novel cancer therapies.

  • Technicians experienced in chemotherapy administration, radiation therapy delivery and anesthesia
  • Intravenous, intralesional and intracavitary chemotherapy administration
  • Long continuous-rate infusions of chemotherapy (cisplatin, ifosfamide, dacarbazine, cytarabine) and amino bisphosphonates (pamidronate, zoledronate)
  • Ultrasound guided and manual needle-core (True-cut) biopsies
  • Incisional and punch biopsies
  • Bone marrow aspirates and biopsies
  • Melanoma vaccine administration
  • External beam radiation therapy with a 6MV linear accelerator with multileaf collimator and variable electron energies (range 6-18 MeV)
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy capability
Advanced Techniques
Radiation Therapy

Our Doctors in Oncology

  • Katherine Dittrich
    Katherine Dittrich
  • Timothy S. Estabrooks
    Timothy S. Estabrooks
  • Heather L. Gardner
    Heather L. Gardner
    Assistant Research Professor, Medical Oncology, Clinical Trials
  • Cheryl London
    Cheryl London
    Research Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Anne Engen and Dusty Professorship in Comparative Oncology, Medical Oncology, Clinical Trials
  • Jennifer Mahoney
    Jennifer Mahoney
    Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Oncology
  • Gretchen P. McLinden
    Gretchen P. McLinden
    Resident, Small Animal Medical Oncology
  • Carrie A. Wood
    Carrie A. Wood
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology

Do you have emergency?

The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet. We serve central Massachusetts as a primary emergency hospital, and New England and beyond for referral of critically ill or injured pets.

Henry & Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University
55 Willard St.
N. Grafton, MA 01536
Fax: 508-839-7951
Pharmacy: 508-887-4850