VCC News

This year marked the 12th anniversary of Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut which celebrates and honors the best of everything that Fairfield County has to offer from restaurants to retailers, spas, caterers, bands and much more. The highly anticipated event to celebrate the winners for 2016 will be held Thursday, July 23, at the Hilton Stamford was presented by Stella Artois/Stella Cidre and showcased the winning products, goods and services of Moffly’s annual readers’ and editors’ survey.

We are very excited to announce that Fairfield County has voted and for the four years in a row The Veterinary Cancer Center was selected as the best veterinary hospital on the Gold Coast! Thank you to all that took the time to show their appreciation for all the hard work and dedication that each staff member has shown both you and your pets.

About the Best of the Gold Coast
Since its inception, Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut winners... Read More

Our 3rd Annual ACF Veterinary Challenge will be taking place at Chelsea Piers - CT in Stamford, CT. on Sunday, October 25, 2015.  The invitation time will be 1:30 pm for team check - in, the competition takes place from 2 - 4 pm, and the reception will be scheduled from 4 to 5 pm.  The event is great fun and I’d like to have as many of you as possible attending that day.  Please mark your calendars now!

For you who are new, the ACF Veterinary Challenge is a friendly competition for veterinary hospital teams comprised of doctors, techs and support staff.  Hospitals donate $300 to ACF for the privilege of sending 5 team members to the games.  Games are fun, friendly team building style events.  This year we will likely have trampoline dodgeball, rock wall climbing, and a variety of challenge games taking place on the basketball courts, but no necessarily basketball.  Past events have included using team skills to stack apples, untie human knots, negotiate mazes, etc. etc. etc... Read More

Comparison of a Standard Regimen (CHOP) with Three Intensive Chemotherapy Regimens for Advanced Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in both dogs and cats and one of the most commonly treated cancers in veterinary medicine. As a veterinary oncologist, I cannot remember a more exciting time in this field, as there are now some wonderful new therapeutic options available, including monoclonal antibody therapy for both T and B cell lymphoma in dogs.

Antibodies are proteins produced by plasma cells (mature B cells) used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign antigens like bacteria, viruses, parasites, and cancer cells. Each antibody recognizes a specific antigen and monoclonal antibodies are identical antibodies that each recognize a single, specific antigen. The scientist who discovered monoclonal antibodies shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1984, signifying... Read More

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this letter finds all of you well. I am excited to introduce our new company, Innogenics. We are a diagnostic company offering genomic based testing for companion animals. I am the Chief Medical Officer and the rest of our executive team brings the needed experience in veterinary pathology, comparative oncology, business development and marketing needed to make Innogenics successful. Our first product, available now, is our Enlight Assay ®. This test will give you the gene expression patterns of 30 canine genes that are important to all veterinarians who diagnose and treat cancer.

This information will allow you to give your clients more accurate information about diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Gene expression and mutation analysis has become exceedingly important in human medicine, particularly in the field of oncology. Unfortunately genomic testing in companion animals has been impeded by a number of challenges. Innogenics has... Read More

Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut 2015 winners have been announced today. Thanks to the wonderful support of the community and The VCC's clients the 2015 winner for best veterinarian hospital is once again The Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, CT! 

Dr. Post, David Duchemin,Steven Bonell, Beck Malone, and Rosie Caldron will be at the Moffly Media “Winners” party on Thursday, July 23th from 6:30-9:30PM at the Hilton Stamford. Please be sure to stop by at our booth and meet our staff and have fun with the photo booth provided by the VCC! Limited tickets are still available online by clicking here and tickets will be available at the door.

The Veterinary Cancer Center (The VCC) is the largest standalone specialized veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. This... Read More

Thank you to those that attended our 9th Annual CE Event-- New Therapies for Lymphoma: Monoclonal Antibodies and Beyond presented by Gerald Post, DVM,MEM,DACVIM(Oncology) and Advances in Radiation Therapy for Nasal Tumors in Dogs and Cats presented by John Farrelly, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) DACVR (Radiation Oncology). A very special thank you to John Gerecitano, MD, PhD, who is the Clinical Director of Lymphoma Outpatient Services and a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Group at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It was a special treat to hear about state-of-the-art therapy for lymphoma in people

We hope you found the speakers and the topics to be both informative and beneficial. These continuing education events are part of our ongoing effort to provide you, your clients and their pets with... Read More

The VCC is now offering in-house CT scanning!

The VCC is pleased to now offer in-house CT scanning!  Our newest addition is a high-speed four-slice CT scanner that will add to the staging and treatment options already available at the VCC for patients with cancer.  The benefits of this new state-of-the art technology include:

    • Greater ability to visualize primary tumors allows us to know how invasive our patient’s tumors are

    • Better ability to stage patients to ensure that we can give pet owners the correct information to make the best decisions about their loved ones:

      • CT has greater resolution and can detect metastases as small as 2 to 3 mm compared with 1 cm for plain radiographs

      • Usually much more conclusive when animals have suspicious areas on plain radiographs

      • CT scan gives us the ability to see lymph nodes that are not usually accessible, like retropharyngeal and pelvic... Read More

Veterinary hospital doctors and support staff are invited to field a team(s) and bring their adoring public to cheer them on as they compete in interactive, intellectual and physical games in the ACF Veterinary Challenge™.  

Participating teams will enjoy an evening of fun, laughter and refreshments as they vie for the coveted ACF Veterinary Challenge™ Champion Trophy & Grand Prize, build team pride, forge bonds in the local community and draw public attention to the similarities between pet & human cancer prevention, research and development of effective treatments. 

Participant donations go to the Animal Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in pets & people.

Trophies and gift prizes awarded as well in these fun categories:  Best Team Spirit Trophy, Best Team... Read More

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From signs and symptoms to what to do if your dog's been diagnosed, get the important dog cancer information you need. While too many dogs still get diagnosed with cancer each year, new research and treatments are... Read More

Recently the Veterinary Cancer Center added to their armamentarium in the fight against  cancer with a Strontium-90 superficial probe. A Strontium -90 probe is a radioactive probe that can be placed against a tumor to deliver high doses of radiation.  The benefit of this probe is that it emits very low energy radiation, so the radiation only penetrates 2-4 mm into the patient (about the thickness of two quarters).  This means that for small, superficial tumors we can deliver a very large dose to the tumor and surrounding skin, with little to no risk of long term side effects.  Most patients develop a scab in the area after treatment, which resolves over 4-6 weeks, then the area will remain hairless.  Significant long-term side effects are very rare.

Strontium – 90 probes have been used to treat small superficial tumors, including mast cell tumors in cats, solar induced squamous cell carcinomas in cats, small mast cell tumors in some dogs like pugs.  It may be beneficial in... Read More