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Book Review: The No Nonsense Guide to Cancer in Pets
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There have been a number of pawesome dog health books reviewed here at Tripawds, like Vet Confidential, Speaking for Spot, and the Dog Cancer Survival Guide .

Today, we are hoppy to announce our review of the very first book we've received that's written by a board certified veterinary oncologist: The No Nonsense Guide to Cancer in Pets, by Dr. Michael D. Lucroy.

Recently featured in the Tripawds Downloads blog, The No Nonsense Guide is an easily understood, yet comprehensive look at everything a pawrent needs to know when they first learn their pet has cancer. This book will take you from Point A, where your vet suspects cancer, to Point B, by helping you determine how you want to treat it.

UPDATE: No Nonsense Guide to Cancer in Pets is no longer available.

Check out Dr Lucroy’s new book:

Help! My Dog Has Cancer

Insights from a Veterinary Oncologist

Dont Miss Live Chat With Dr. Michael D. Lucroy! Come chat with Dr. Lucroy in the Tripawds Live Chat this Saturday, November 21 at 5:00 p.m. PST (8:00 Eastern). Members must be logged in to participate.

Dr. Lucroy provides basic cancer definitions for the layperson, outlines diagnosis procedures from least invasive to most, and gives an overview of all standard conventional treatment approaches. Dr. Lucroy doesn't advocate for any one type of treatment or another, he just lays it on the line and explains the procedures, risks, side effects, and benefits. In a neutral approach, he also educates readers on how to assess alternative and complimentary medical approaches, and discusses how you can find scientific evidence (if it exists) to back up alternative treatments that interest you. You'll also learn how to effectively work with your conventional medical team, should you choose to pursue alternative and complimentary medicine for your Tripawd.

Dr. Michael Lucroy, DVM DS

One of our favorite chapters is “How? How Did My Dog or Cat Get Cancer?”, which discusses many of the risk factors that can cause cancer, which ones pawrents can do something about and which ones are out of our hands because of genetic predisposition, etc. The chapter can go a long way in alleviating the guilt that many of pawrents have felt, thinking we might have done something to cause the illness.

As a gift for purchasing the book, readers will receive a six-page bonus supplement of detailed questions about each kind of treatment, to ask your veterinary team. A portion of the sales of each book will be donated to the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation's cancer research fund.

Dr. Lucroy is a practicing oncologist at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was formerly Chief of Clinical Oncology at Purdue University. He completed his oncology residency at the University of California at Davis, is a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and is a distinguished author, speaker and editorial board member of the American Journal of Veterinary Research and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.

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I can't make it due to my work schedule, but if you think about it, could you ask a question for me?

OK, so, last October, Jack was playing and he happened to trip over a bone that was on the floor.  He started screaming and was so scared/in pain that he actually lost control of his bowels.  I took him to the vet that very day and they found nothing wrong.  The limping went away, and came back a few times in the next few months.  We would take him to the vet, and they would find nothing wrong.  Then, 7 months later, he developed a bump on his wrist which turned out to be osteosarcoma.  I read that cancer can occur at a place where a previous injury has occurred, and I am curious if Jack's wrist fractured because he had cancer, or if it's because he had cancer that his wrist broke (so I'm assuming it broke/fractured).  It there a way to tell which came first?  Is there any difference in the way the cancer spreads (starting from an injury vs. originating from nothing)?  I'm just a little confused as to why, if Jack was diagnosed with aggressive cancer, he was able to live with it for 7 months before diagnosis (and had clear x-rays at the time and at last x-rays in September) and now it's a year since he first started limping and he's still like a puppy?  


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ldillon81 said:

... could you ask a question for me?

Sure. But could you possibly summarize your question a bit more succinctly and post it in Dr. Lucroy's chat announcement? That way we can compile questions there and post all the answers after the chat. Great idea, thanks!

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