Oncology Services

Cancer TreatmentTreating Your Pet's Cancer

The veterinary medical team at Westford Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center (WVERC), is highly skilled in the surgical removal of complex cancers. Most benign pet cancers that have not yet spread are permanently cured by surgery. Our board-certified veterinary surgeon, Dr. Bruno Massat, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR is an expert in oncologic surgery.

Should your pet require additional treatment, we also offer chemotherapy. Chemotherapy for pets has been designed to improve their quality of life and maximize their life spans. Although much less serious than the effects felt by humans, some pets experience side effects such as anemia, reduced resistance to infection, and gastrointestinal upset. Our medical team will monitor your pet and work to minimize or even eliminate these effects by adjusting the chemotherapy protocol.

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all relevant factors with your veterinarian so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to improved treatment approaches, quality of life and outcomes. During the initial consult, Dr. Romansik will explain the details of the diagnosis and recommend additional diagnostic tests that can further define the nature of the cancer and overall health status. He will also develop a personalized therapeutic protocol tailored to the needs of the patient as well as the pet owner. Our goal is to provide an excellent quality of life for dogs and cats affected by cancer and hope for those who love them.

About Animal Cancer Care at Westford Veterinary Emergency And Referral Center

Our Vision – Excellent quality of life for dogs and cats affected by cancer and hope for those who love them.

Our Mission – To provide personalized, compassionate care for dogs and cats with cancer, utilizing the most specialized treatment options available while minimizing the risk of side effects to therapy.

Oncology for PetsOur Core Values

  • To practice innovative medicine incorporating both traditional and novel therapeutic options personalized to each patient. "Specialized Medicine, Personalized Care."
  • To provide compassionate veterinary care through patience and understanding of the animals and their owners.
  • To maintain open and timely communication with the pet owner and their local veterinarian(s) to establish a team approach to the management of each patient's cancer.
  • To create a positive and fulfilling work environment for staff.


Treatment Options

Treatment options depend on many factors, including the type of cancer, concurrent medical issues and client concerns such as side effects, logistics and cost of therapy. We work hard to educate pet owners so they can make the best decision for their beloved pet. Traditional options such as surgery and chemotherapy are available at WVERC. Dr. Romansik also works closely with local radiation facilities, allowing for expedited referral of patients that require this form of therapy. Finally, novel therapeutics, including immunotherapy and small molecule therapy, can be an important part of the therapeutic plan and are supported by Dr. Romansik. It's important to understand that the majority of dogs and cats tolerate chemotherapy incredibly well, with only a 10% chance of significant side effects.

Veterinary Oncology in Westford MAThe oncology department at WVERC is supported by a 24/7 ER service in addition to outstanding surgical and internal medicine departments. The team at WVERC sets itself apart by offering coordinated care with surgery, internal medicine and ER within the same practice, allowing for the smooth, efficient medical treatment paramount for patients diagnosed with cancer. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the oncology service at WVERC.


Treatment Options: Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Small Molecule Therapy, Surgery, Expedited Referral for Radiation

Diagnostics Offered: Bone Marrow, Cytology, Histology, Immunocytochemistry, Immunohistochemistry, Immunophenotyping, Digital Radiography, Ultrasound, Ultrasound Guided Aspirates and Biopsy, CT Scan

Current Clinical Trials

The oncology service at WVERC is one of a select few locations participating in two nationwide clinical studies evaluating the utility of monoclonal antibodies for canine B cell and T cell lymphoma. Monoclonal antibodies are part of the standard of care in many human cancers and we hope to see the same success in veterinary oncology.