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UC Davis Veterinary Oncologists Treat Three Cats from Same Home

VMTH "Case of the Month" – February 2015

Having a pet diagnosed with cancer is hard enough. Now, imagine if three of your pets were diagnosed with cancer. That’s exactly what Tricia and Mark Dewey of Suisun City, California faced with their cats recently. Luckily for the Deweys and their cats Sasha, Minka, and Cinco, one of the best veterinary oncology treatment centers in the country was only 25 miles from their home. Over the past year, the Deweys and their cats have become very familiar with the Oncology Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

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Sasha, a 13-year-old female purebred Abyssinian, developed an injection-site sarcoma that forced her right front leg to be amputated. Following the amputation—performed by the VMTH’s Soft Tissue Surgery Service—she underwent a rigorous treatment plan of radiation therapy on the VMTH’s state-of-the-art linear accelerator. To complete the therapy, Sasha was required to be anesthetized for 18 treatments on nearly a daily basis. Following radiation, Sasha completed four rounds of chemotherapy on a monthly basis. She is now cancer free, and is monitored regularly to ensure no recurrence or metastasis.

Minka, a 15-year-old female purebred Siberian, was diagnosed with renal lymphoma. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the VMTH. She has completed eight weekly treatments. Her sweet, docile nature has made her popular with her oncology team members. Minka continues to courageously battle her lymphoma.

Cinco, an 11-year-old male domestic shorthair, developed glaucoma in the last few years, causing him to go blind. An ophthalmologist discovered a tumor behind his right eye, and removed it and the eye. After removal, a biopsy on the tumor revealed lymphoma, so the Deweys decided to have him evaluated by the oncologists at UC Davis. Although no evidence of metastasis was found, chemotherapy was initially recommended, but because Cinco is also diabetic, it was decided not to pursue chemotherapy. Instead, Cinco is examined every three months at the VMTH to make sure no signs of recurrence or metastasis are present. Cinco has passed every re-check so far. He has since had his left eye removed also, due to recurrent infections.

As evidenced by the Dewey's cats, cancer in pets can come in many different forms, and treatments can also vary greatly. The oncology team will help clients decide on treatment plans that work best for them and their pets. The patient’s quality of life is always the central focus of any treatment plan developed.

"Everyone at the VMTH has been wonderful," said Tricia. "Mark and I continue to be grateful to have access to such great care for our cats."

The VMTH’s Oncology Service collaborates extensively with fellow clinical researchers at the UC Davis Medical Center and the worldwide oncology community to develop safer and more effective treatments that lead to new advancements in treatment for both veterinary and human patients. Being part of one of the largest veterinary teaching hospitals in the world, as well as part of one the nation’s premier research universities, allows the Oncology Service to bring the newest advances to its patients. The VMTH is able to provide the most comprehensive range of oncology specialties available at one location.


About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 47,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer