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Chemotherapy protocols used in veterinary practice
  1. Gerry Polton


    Gerry Polton graduated from Cambridge University in 1997, and currently runs the oncology service at North Downs Specialist Referrals, a multidisciplinary specialist hospital in Surrey. He holds an MSc in oncology and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


Chemotherapy is widely used by veterinary practices in the UK, and the most common indication is for treating canine lymphomas. In a Vetnosis study conducted in 2008, 98 per cent of respondents reported that they used chemotherapy in small animal practice. The aim of this article is to summarise the chemotherapy protocols that are regularly used, discuss their applications and give practical guidance in their use. The article will also consider the rights and responsibilities associated with the decision to use cytotoxic chemotherapy, and discuss the toxicities associated with generic treatment.

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