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WGBH's program, Greater Boston, talked with Dr. Kristine Burgess about how treating cancer in our companion animals helps inform how we treat humans.

Work being done at Tufts is helping to advance the field of comparative oncology, which looks at how cancer behaves and is best treated in people and other species. Video: Steffan Hacker - See more at Tufts Now

  • Paying it Forward
    When Denali was diagnosed with a progressive case of osteosarcoma just before his 10th birthday, owner Art Clough did not hesitate to act. The Chocolate lab’s only chance of survival was to enroll in a clinical trial, according to his primary care veterinarian. With no time to waste, he was ... read more
  • Chemotherapy Offers Hope for Families of Companion Pets with Cancer
    As a pet parent, perhaps one of your greatest fears is that your companion will be diagnosed with a serious illness.Regrettably, cancer is not uncommon, and a cancer diagnosis can be heart-wrenching. While it’s important to accept the emotions you may be experiencing, you need to recognize that there is ... read more
  • On the Front Lines of Cancer Care
    Go behind the scenes at our small-animal hospital to meet the clinicians, clients, and pets helping advance how we treat the disease. ... read more
  • Better Together
    How Cheryl London, V90, and clinicians at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center are breaking down silos in cancer research to speed new cures for pets and people. ... read more
  • Radiation Oncology Service Reopens
    The Radiation Oncology Service installed a new, state-of-the-art Varian Linear Accelerator and reopened to patients on September 24, 2018. ... read more

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Yellow lab in oncology

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
Counseling and Support

Our Doctors in Oncology

  • Lisa G. Barber

    Lisa G. Barber
    Oncology, Medical Oncology

  • Laura E. Barrett

    Laura E. Barrett

  • Kristine E Burgess

    Kristine E Burgess

  • Michele A.  Keyerleber

    Michele A. Keyerleber

  • Emily Krieger

    Emily Krieger
    Medical Oncology

  • Cheryl London

    Cheryl London

  • Ana Paula Rebelo

    Ana Paula Rebelo

  • Abbey Sadowski

    Abbey Sadowski
    Small Animal Medical Oncology

  • Carrie A. Wood

    Carrie A. Wood

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