Spotlight on Oncology
13th December 2021
Our full medical oncology referral service includes the services of a soft tissue surgeon for a multidisciplinary approach. Services include: Diagnostic investigations, staging of patients with a known tumour diagnosis, radiography, ultrasound, MRI and CT with guided tissue sampling.
A dedicated chemotherapy suite where patients can be hospitalised separately. Cancer patients are often immunocompromised and as chemotherapy results in myelosuppression, it is important to isolate these patients from the general hospital population.
In some situations it may be possible to offer a treatment protocol, once a diagnoses and staging has been carried out, allowing for chemotherapy treatment to be carried out by the home practice.
Shirley van Lelyveld BVSc MSc (Clinical Oncology) DipECVIM-CA(Oncology) MRCVS
Shirley is a European Specialist in Oncology with more than 17 years’ experience working in this discipline. She qualified in 1996 from the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort) and has worked in a number of small animal practices in the UK since then. In April 2004 she started a three year residency in clinical oncology at Veterinary Referrals Cancer and Critical Care (VRCC), completing her residency in 2007. Thereafter, Shirley was awarded a Master of Science degree in Clinical Oncology by the Institute of Cancer Research at Birmingham University, having presented a thesis on radiation therapy for soft tissue sarcomas.
In June 2007 she moved to a veterinary specialist practice in Hertfordshire as staff oncologist. After taking sabbatical for study, she obtained her European Diploma in Oncology in 2015 and joined Dovecote Veterinary Hospital shortly after.Back to news