Staging in Veterinary Cancer Patients: Why, and How? - with Andy Yale & London Vet Show


  • Understand the key biologic processes involved with tumour metastasis
  • Know the different methods of staging cancer patients
  • Understand the concept and importance of sentinel lymph nodes
  • Recognise the different staging approaches for common cancer types including lymphoma and mast cell tumours

Cancer patients are common in small animal practice and many clients expect high standards of care for their pets. Staging to assess the extent of disease is an important aspect of the diagnostic work-up of cancer patients as it can significantly influence treatment recommendations and prognosis. The staging process varies depending the cancer type, and this session will provide you with up-to-date knowledge and practical tips on how to stage your cancer patients in order to provide a more personalised treatment plan and more accurate prognosis for each individual. The session will cover the routes and mechanisms of metastasis, why staging is so important, different methods of staging, the concept and importance of sentinel lymph nodes, and staging considerations for common cancer types. You should come away feeling more confident with your staging approach to different common cancers.

About the speaker

Dr Andy Yale BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) PGDipVCP MVetMed MRCVS

Staff Clinician in Small Animal Oncology

Andy graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2015 and enjoyed two years in small animal general practice before undertaking a small animal rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College. Andy then completed a medical oncology residency at the Royal Veterinary College, finishing in 2021. He now works as a Staff Clinician in Small Animal Medical Oncology at the Royal Veterinary College and has a particular interest in novel diagnostic and staging methods to optimise outcomes in veterinary cancer patients.

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