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21 February 2011 - 9:22 pm
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As we mentioned here in our Tripawd Talk Radio discussion, we're having renowned oncologist Dr. Johnny Chretin of VCA West Los Angeles as our special guest.

Dr. Chretin received his DVM from Colorado State University and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at North Carolina State University. Johnny then completed a 3 year residency in Oncology at Tufts University in 2002 prior to joining VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.

Dr. Chretin's interests are in novel chemotherapeutics and strategies to minimize their toxicities. In addition, Dr. Chretin is heading up our bone
marrow transplant program for dogs which will be treating patients
starting in July 2010.

Tell us: What's on your mind when it comes to cancer care and oncology?

List your questions here and we'll be sure to ask the good doctor during Tripawd Talk Radio, this Saturday at 3:30 pm Pacific, 6:30 pEastern.

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21 February 2011 - 9:43 pm
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I'm still curious about any possible links between chemo treatments and later kidney function issues.  I know that Heather lost Zeus to kidney failure (a recent post reminded me), and Maggie developed kidney issues as well.

Is this the same Dr. that you talked with in December?  I didn't see the results of that interview so maybe my question as been answered.

Zeus and Maggie probably had different chemo protocols.  In the Dr. bio above it says he is looking into strategies to limit the toxicity of chemo drugs- I wonder if that extends to long term survivors and organ function.


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krun15 said:

Is this the same Dr. that you talked with in December?

We did meet Dr. Chretin in December, and shot some video interview Q&A, but we haven't gotten around to posting anything from our VCA visit yet. The transcript from December's Ask A Vet chat with Dr. Waldman is available in the Live Chats forum.

We'll add your chemo question to the list. Thanks!

PS: Note that this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio is on Saturday, 02/26/11.

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Well then, I guess it will be the favorite of my Saturday afternoon! 

Thanks for pointing that out, although I hope I would have picked up on it myself before Saturday way-confused.



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Hi I would like to know the doctor's opinion on pro-active treatment for a cancer-free tripawd.  Because we had a level 1 chondrosarcoma, our doctors did not believe that it was necessarily the case that the cancer had already spread.  So far, all checks are cancer free 8 months after amputation.  Our pooch is happy and zooming around back to normal, giving us the luxury to consider non-crisis care.  So far, our vets have not recommended a change in food, pills etc. 

I am interested to know the thoughts re diet and supplements (such as K9 Immunity ) under these circumstances - cancer free and no chemo.

Right now we haven't changed his food and he gets fish oil and joint supplements, but that's all.

Many thanks!

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We lost a 13 yr old Dobe to OS in 1998. At the time our vet mentioned amputation and chemo which we opted out of due to his age. How much has cancer treatment advanced in dogs in the past 10 years and what do you see up and coming in the next 10 yrs. 

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