Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology


  • Stephen Withrow, DVM, DACVS, DACVIM (Oncology), Stuart Professor of Surgery and Oncology, Director, Animal Cancer Center, Comparative Oncology Unit, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • David Vail, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), Professor of Oncology and Director of Clinical Research, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Rodney Page, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Med/Oncology), Director, Flint Animal Cancer Center; Professor or Medical Oncology; Department of Clinical Sciences; College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Colorado State University; Fort Collins, CO

With a unique focus on the most effective interventional techniques, Withrow & MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 5th Edition tells the full story of cancer in dogs and cats - what it is, how to diagnose it, and how to treat many of the most common cancers encountered in clinical practice. Nearly 500 color photographs, diagrams, x-rays, and gross views depict the clinical manifestations of various cancers. This edition covers the latest advances in clinical oncology, including chemotherapy, surgical oncology, and diagnostic techniques. With contributions from 65 veterinary oncology experts, this authoritative reference is a must-have for current, evidence-based therapeutic strategies on canine and feline oncology.

"I really love this book. If you are interested in veterinary oncology, have a flick through this book online or at a conference when you get the chance. I hope that you agree with me that this is the definitive oncology reference source for the early 21st century and that you feel compelled to buy it. Your patients will thank you for it." Reviewed by: Gerry Polton MA VetMB MSc(Clin Onc) DipECVIM-CA(Onc) MRCVS, UK Date: July 2014

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Book information

  • Published: November 2012
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-2362-5


"The book is nicely spilt into sections and then into chapters. It is easy to find what you are looking for, be it some background science and explanation regarding cancer therapies, or information on a more specific tumour type. The book begins with a discussion of the basic science  and principles of oncology, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This is explained nicely but simply, and is well illustrated throughout...In summary, this book covers the main tumours in good depth; it is a useful reference for the basic principles of vetrinary oncology and is certainly recommended for the practice bookshelf. The new edition provides new material that enhances its usefulness."

Veterinary Record, May 2013

"This book is the ideal companion for the vet wishing to understand disease and the best way to deal with it including communication to the client, complementary and alternative  medicine and developmental therapeutics. A large part of the book remains focused on specific malignancies according their location."

Royal Canin, Vet's - Today, December 2013

Table of Contents

Why Worry About Cancer in Pets?


1. The Etiology of Cancer

1A. Genetic Factors

1B. Chemical, Physical, and Hormonal

1C. Cancer-Causing Viruses

2. Tumor Biology and Metastasis

3. The Pathology of Neoplasia

4. The Epidemiology and Incidence of Cancer

5. Paraneoplastic Syndromes


6. Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology

7. Diagnostic Cytology in Clinical Oncology

8. Molecular Diagnostics

9. Biopsy Principles and Staging


10. Surgical Oncology

11. Cancer Chemotherapy

12. Radiation Therapy

13. Immunotherapy of Cancer

14. Molecular/Targeted Therapy of Cancer

14A. Gene Therapy for Cancer

14B. Signal Transduction and Cancer

14C. Anti-angiogenic & Metronomic Treatment

14D. Emerging Therapeutics

15. Miscellaneous Treatments for Solid Tumors

15A. Management of Chronic Cancer Pain

15B. Nutritional Management of the Cancer Patient

15C. Client Grief Support

16. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Patients with Cancer

17. Clinical Trials NEW!


18. Tumors of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissues

19. Melanoma NEW!

20. Mast Cell Tumors

21. Soft Tissue Sarcomas

22. Cancer of the Gastrointestinal Tract

22A. Oral Tumors

22B. Salivary Glanc Cancer

22C. Esophageal Cancer

22D. Exocrine Pancreatic Cancer

22E. Gastric Cancer

22F. Hepatobiliary Tumors

22G. Intestinal Tumors

22H. Perianal Tumors

23. Tumors of the Respiratory System

23A. Cancer of the Nasal Planum

23B. Canine Nasosinal Tumors

23C. Cancer of the Larynx and Trachea

23D. Pulmonary Neoplasia

24. Tumors of the Skeletal System

25. Tumors of the Endocrine System

26. Tumors of the Female Reproductive System

27. Tumors of the Mammary Gland

28. Tumors of the Male Reproductive System

29. Tumors of the Urinary System

30. Tumors of the Nervous System

31. Ocular Tumors

32. Hematopoietic Tumors

32A. Canine Lymphoma and Lymphoid Leukemia

32B. Feline Lymphoma and Leukemia

32C. Canine Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Myeloproliferative Diseases, and Myelodysplasia

32D. Plasma Cell Neoplasms

33. Miscellaneous Tumors

33A. Hemangiosarcoma

33B. Thymoma

33C. Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumor

33D. Mesothelioma

33E. Neoplasia of the Heart

33F. Histiocytic Diseases