November 2016
Oncology
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This case-based quiz reviews diagnostic tests commonly indicated for patients with suspected neoplasia. Flow cytometry (FCM), PCR antigen receptor rearrangement (PARR), histopathology, cytology, immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining, and other diagnostics are covered.

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Author

Sue Ettinger

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) VCA Animal Specialty & Emergency Center, Wappingers Falls, New York

Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), is a veterinary cancer specialist currently affiliated with VCA Animal Specialty & Emergency Center of Wappingers Falls, located in the lower Hudson River Valley of New York State. Dr. Ettinger is 1 of approximately 400 board-certified veterinary specialists in medical oncology in North America. Her areas of interest focus on promoting cancer awareness and education in pets and early cancer detection and diagnosis, particularly her initiative involving skin and superficial tumors in dogs and cats called See Something, Do Something. Why Wait? Aspirate®. As part of her initiative to dispel cancer myths and misconceptions, Dr. Ettinger emphasizes comprehensive, compassionate treatments that minimize side effects and promote quality of life. Also known as Dr. Sue Cancer Vet, she is a book author (co-author of the 2nd edition of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide), radio co-host, and recognized advocate of early cancer detection and awareness in pets. She is also a certified veterinary journalist, accredited by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists. Dr. Ettinger received her DVM from Cornell University and completed a residency in medical oncology at The Animal Medical Center of New York City.

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