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Companion Animal Practice
Diagnosis and managemnent of brain tumours in dogs and cats
  1. Malcolm Brearley

    Malcolm Brearley is a consultant veterinary oncologist at Davies White Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire. He graduated from Cambridge in 1981 and was head of oncology at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket between 1990 and 2000. He became the first RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Oncology in 1994. In 1999, he gained an MSc in clinical oncology from the University of Birmingham. He is the current chairman of the newly formed British Veterinary Oncology Group.


WHILE brain tumours in dogs and cats are by no means common, it is likely that they have been underdiagnosed in the past. With the increasing use of techniques such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, it is now possible to detect intracranial tumours with relative accuracy. More effective therapy has been developed and the prognosis should no longer be considered grave in all cases. This article highlights the advances that have been made in the management of these often devastating tumours over the past 10 years.

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