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Veterinary Cancer Glossary - Help for Tough Discussions

Brenda Bonnett

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Veterinary Cancer Glossary - Help for Tough Discussions


Veterinary-client communication is key to good care for our pets, and a new resource to support owners and vets is now available from IPFD partner World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). 

Let's face it - cancer/neoplasia can be a complex subject to discuss and even harder to comprehend when one is faced with the emotional aspects of a challenging diagnosis. The Veterinary Oncology Glossary provides an understandable source of information that can be used by veterinarians and their clients.

 The Veterinary Oncology Glossary is:

  • Concise and clear, with helpful images
  • Available in multiple languages
  • Contains common terms around the diagnosis, treatment, and management of cancer.

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Download the English version here:     Veterinary Oncology Glossary-WOW-13.11.2021.pdf

Go to the Oncology Working Group site to learn more or download in other languages. - is the link.... and you will see this:



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Unfortunately, cancer is very common in some breeds and can happen in any dog.  This chart of Swedish data shows high and low risk breeds and ages at death. 

(From Get a GRIHP on Rhodesian Ridgebacks)


We all know someone who is affected by cancer.  The WSAVA glossary resource can help us understand the terminology and communicate with others.




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