Dr. Beth Overley Adamson completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University and her veterinary studies at the University of Pennsylvania, both with honors. She completed a one year general rotating internship and a three year medical oncology residency at the MJR Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Overley achieved board certification in oncology in 2005. She currently treats patients and performs research part time in addition to consulting. She has worked with the doctors at MSAH since 2007 and strongly appreciates their professionalism, knowledge and compassion toward the veterinary cancer patients treated at MSAH. When not working, Dr. Overley enjoys playing tennis, hiking and spending time with her husband, two children and her pets Max and Bob.

Metairie Small Animal Hospital offers several cancer treatment options including oncology consults, chemotherapy, palliative therapy, excision and/or de-bulking of neoplasms and staging diagnostics. Our goal is to enhance your pet’s quality of life while successfully treating the disease.

Below are some frequently asked questions. Please contact us at oncology@msah.com for additional information.

My pet has been diagnosed with cancer. What’s next?
There are many types of cancer and the behavior and prognosis of each is unique to each patient. Your veterinarian will help you decide which course of action is best for your pet. Depending on the type of cancer your pet has been diagnosed with there may be several options in terms of treatment.

How will I know my pet’s prognosis?
The prognosis depends on several different factors including, but not limited to, cancer type, cancer stage and the grade of the cancer. These factors, along with your pet’s age and overall health, play a role in determining the prognosis.

What is staging?
Staging is performed to determine if the tumor has metastasized (spread) from the primary tumor site. Staging consists of several different tests/diagnostics such as lymph node evaluation, chest x-rays, abdominal ultrasound, cytology and/or biopsy of the mass and blood work. In some cases a CT scan or MRI is needed. In that case we will refer you to a location where this can be done.

What about my pet’s quality of life?
Your pet’s quality of life is most important to us. Our goal is to fight the disease allowing your pet a longer life, but we want to make that life worth living. As with any treatment, there are potential side effects. We make every effort to keep those possible side effects mild and manageable. We will advise you of the possible side effects so you know what symptoms to be aware of. One big difference between human oncology and veterinary oncology is that veterinary patients tend to handle/tolerate chemotherapy much better. In addition, quality of life is consistently evaluated and treatment plans tailored accordingly.

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