Hi-Tech Electrochemotherapy Launched at Willows Cancer Care Centre

15 January 2021

We are delighted to have further enhanced our reputation as Veterinary industry leaders thanks to the introduction of electrochemotherapy treatment (ECT) as part of our World leading Cancer Care Centre.

Willows now offers the breakthrough therapy as part of our industry-leading, Specialist-led Oncology service, with the arrival of ECT – an exciting development as it can make a dramatic difference to the effective treatment of a wide-range of tumours while also minimising complications and side effects.

Head of Oncology here at Willows Dr Stephen Baines, says the new ECT service will be a huge help in caring for pets with cancer. This new initiative has been driven by Dr Chiara Penzo, one of Willows’ Medical Oncology specialists.

Dr Penzo said: “Electrochemotherapy is a reliable and versatile treatment which can be performed in virtually any patient, whatever their health status.

“It is rapid, safe and efficient, and is a cost-effective treatment that enhances the quality of life of treated patients.

“ECT also has low systemic toxicity, as the drug concentration in normal cells is low, it results in minimal or no functional impact and treated regions heal without damage to healthy tissues. Side effects from ECT are also minimal.

“It’s versatile, too. In principle, almost any type of tumour type can be tackled effectively with electrochemotherapy.

“Overall, the rate of complete tumour regression following electrochemotherapy treatment is high and response to ECT may be long-lasting.

“Even in patients with a partial response, ECT can result in improvement in the quality of life, especially in terms of reduced pain, reduction in bleeding, and reduced need for medical care.”

Our talented team here at Willows are widely acknowledged for expert cancer care. We are the only UK small animal hospital to have active Specialists in Veterinary Oncology from both a medical and surgical background, forming one of the most experienced Specialist Oncology teams in the country.

The expertise and experience of our team is underpinned with leading-edge technology and world-class diagnostics and surgical techniques, which all contributes to helping pets with cancer stay well for longer.

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