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Learn About Cutting-Edge Cancer Care for Cats and Dogs

By: Hannah Kleckner Hall Date: Mar 6, 2019

Panel Discussion to Feature Comprehensive Approach to the Treatment of Cancer in Pets

Join us for the Animal Lovers Lecture Series![March 6, 2019; Kennett Square, PA] – The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) will present a free panel discussion for pet lovers on caring for companion animals diagnosed with cancer to be held at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 6 million dogs - and nearly 6 million cats - will be diagnosed with cancer this year. For the owners of pets diagnosed with cancer, navigating multiple appointments with various clinicians before deciding on a course of treatment can be overwhelming and stressful.

With a core team of board-certified specialists in medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, and interventional radiology, Penn Vet’s Comprehensive Cancer Care draws from the best minds in veterinary cancer care to formulate customized treatment plans for patients in one central location – Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia.

Penn Vet’s Dr. Jennifer Mahoney, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Oncology and Section Chief of Comprehensive Cancer Care, will lead the conversation around Penn Vet’s unique bench-to-beside approach to providing the highest quality cancer care. Attendees will also learn about Penn Vet’s focus on the scientific and clinical breakthroughs that are improving the lives of animals—and the people who love them.

“The way veterinarians approach cancer has evolved. The old approach, which may have been more invasive and aggressive, doesn’t apply anymore,” said Dr. Michael Mison, a surgical oncologist and Chief Medical Officer and Hospital Director at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, the School’s small animal hospital in Philadelphia. “Today, we consider the tumor type and stage, client needs, and the animal’s ability to tolerate procedures and live a good quality of life. We now ‘dose’ treatment through a multi-modal approach, tailoring care to the individual patient, the client’s expectations, and to the biological behavior of the cancer.

Penn Vet’s cancer care experts participating in the discussion include:

  • Dr. Lillian Duda, Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. Jennifer Huck, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Dr. Jennifer Lenz, Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
  • Dr. Jennifer Mahoney, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Oncology
  • Dr. Michael Mison, Professor of Clinical Surgery; Hospital Director and Chief Medical Officer, Ryan Hospital
  • Dr. James Perry, Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Pascale Salah, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Oncology


The panel discussion, a part of Penn Vet’s Animal Lovers Lecture Series, will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm at New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall, 382 W Street Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Free on-site parking is available.

Seating for the lectures is limited. To ensure a spot, please register online at



About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 34,600 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.