VAS TREATMENT & CARE
Information and resources for treating and caring for cats with VAS.

ABCD GUIDELINES ON PREVENTION AND MANAGMENT

Feline Injection-Site Sarcoma: ABCD Guidelines on Prevention and Management from the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2015) 17, 606-613

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE

On this page on the ACVIM site is a link searchable feature that you can use to find a Board Certified
specialist near you, including oncologists and surgeons.

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY RADIOLOGY

This page on the site of the American College of Veterinary Radiology included a feature to help you find a radiation oncologist in your locality.

AMPUTEE CAREGIVERS SITE

This site was created by members of the VAS Support Group to assist folks whose cats are facing amputation of a limb. whether due to VAS or any other cause.

AMPUTEE VIDEOS

See for yourself how well cats do on three legs.  Some of these videos were made by VAS Support Group members, and others were found on YouTube.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES & FIBROSARCOMA

Dr. Dennis Macy, DVM, is a noted veterinary oncologist affiliated with the University of Colorado and a member of the Feline VAS Task Force. There are excerpts from several different posts from a member of the VAS Support Group whose cat he was treating. They may be of value to anyone who has a cat with active fibrosarcoma or a similar VAS cancer.

ASSESSING MARGINS

A three-page article from Catnip, the newsletter of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, that explains how pathologists try to determine whether the margins of an excision are clean of cancer cells or "dirty."  It explain why reports of either clean or dirty margins can be incorrect, and some new protocols that could make such determinations quicker and more accurate.  

CARING FOR OPEN TUMORS

These instructions on caring for open (ulcerating or suppurating) tumors were prepared by members of the VAS Support Group who learned or developed these methods while caring for their own VAS kitties.

INTERLEUKIN BROCHURE Pg.1

INTERLEUKIN BROCHURE Pg.2

Merial's brochure about Interleukin, their anti-fibrosarcoma immunotherapy that they say has shown in tests to more than double the average time to recurrence after surgery and radiotherapy.

ONCOLOGY CONSULTATIONS

The veterinary medical schools at Cornell University and Colorado State University both offer oncology consultations free of charge.  Click the link for contact information.

PET CANCER CENTER

Find an oncologist or a radiation facility. 

QUALITY OF LIFE SCALE

Adapted by Dr. Alice Villalobos to help determine when it's time to euthanize a pet.

TREATING CATS WITH CANCER

Ten Best Kept Secrets for Treating Cats with Cancer by Gregory K. Ogilvie of Colorado State University (27 WSAVA Congress.) Has information about several different cancers, including a section on VAS.

TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESULTS

Injection-Site-Associated Sarcoma in the Cat: Treatment recommendations and Results to Date, from the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2013) 15, 409-418

VAS SUPPORT GROUP

The members of the VAS Support Group are happy to share the knowledge and experience they have accumulated from nearly two thousand cases of VAS. VAS.  We hope you'll join us.

VAS TASK FORCE DIAGNOSIS & MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

The VAS Task Force's guidelines for the diagnosis and management of suspected Vaccine Associated Sarcomas.

WHEN TO REMOVE A SUSPICIOUS LUMP

Dr. Dennis Macy, DVM, is a noted veterinary oncologist affiliated with the University of Colorado and a member of the Feline VAS Task Force. A member of the VAS Support Group asked him for his ideas about when to remove a suspicious lump. This is his reply.

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