Surgery & The Cancer Patient: Exciting Advances & Sage Advice with Dr. Bernard Séguin

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Today we are lucky to have Dr. Bernard Séguin, DVM, MS, dip ACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Professor of Surgical Oncology at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University.

We are going to dig into what surgical oncology is, how attitudes in surgical oncology are shifting, and what the latest advances in surgical oncology are, including some special information that hasn’t even been published yet. Dr. Bernard Séguin will also share the best recommendations for the outcome of your dog’s canine cancer.

In this episode we’ll cover:

New approaches to mast cell tumors including proportional margins (not yet published)

Only about 200 Surgical Oncologist Worldwide with the title.

We’re not going to do what’s best for me, we’re going to do what’s best for the patient.

Making a comprehensive plans for canine cancer patients with other specialists involved to determine the best route for each specific case.

Having the owner be a part of the team in decision making. What is right for one dog in a family, may not be the same as the same kind of canine cancer of a dog in another family.

Limb Sparing; preserving the function of limbs for dogs with bone tumors (Osteosarcoma). Amputation is an option, but for some families that is not acceptable so limb-sparing comes into play.

New techniques to reconstruct the limb, using 3-D printing technology. Making implants specific for each dog. This is still is testing but long-term goals are to decrease complications, make the dog more resistant to infection, make them biodegradable and more.

Dogs that have amputation verses the limb sparing have generally the same survival rate. Around 50% with a limb spare will have an infection.

The big picture of surgical oncology is changing. Not every dog needs the big surgery and they’re now finding ways to control the tumors without doing those big surgeries.

New evidence that will be published soon on the effects of Prednisone (a chemo-therapy drug for some forms of cancer). This has been highly controversial in our field. Prednisone does not change the grade of the tumor.

If your dog has a mass or small tumor, DON’T WAIT! It’s not a life or death emergency now, but you don’t know if it’s benign or malignant. Get a sample taken of the mass, the longer you wait, the more difficult the tumor could be and the less likely it can be cured. Knowledge is power.

VIN and Oquendo Courses available.

Dr. Bernard Séguin attended the University of Montreal of Veterinary School. He became fascinated with surgery during a Summer Externship and continued to learn more as in Intern at the University if Illinois. He went on to do general practice and completing his residency, and wanted to continue learning and ended up at Colorado State University in the Surgical Oncology Fellowship program. This was his life changing moment, he has been in academia ever since. His focus became surgical oncology in cancer.

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