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Katelyn Marlowe

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Katelyn Marlowe
Veterinary Specialist
Oncology
Dr. Katelyn Marlowe

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2014

Board Certified:

Medical Oncology

Specialties Include:

Histiocytic sarcoma
Lymphoma
Palliative care

My Pets:

Murdock - Border collie mix
Peerless - Dachshund
Tuna - Hound mix
Ted - Pit bull mix
Minerva - Cat 
KATELYN MARLOWE, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)  was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received her bachelor's degree from Maryville College and received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee.  She then went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at VCA Alameda East in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Marlowe completed her medical oncology residency at the 
University of Wisconsin. 

Dr. Marlowe's special interests include histiocytic sarcoma, lymphoma, and palliative care for cancer patients. She believes in the importance of the doctor-client relationship and maintaining quality of life for all her patients.

In her free time, Dr. Marlowe enjoys spending time with her husband, Ross, and their four dogs.They all love being active outside, except Peerless, the 16-year-old miniature dachshund who prefers lounging on the couch to any strenuous activity.
Papers Authored
Primary Pulmonary Histiocytic Sarcoma in Dogs: A Retrospective Analysis of 37 Cases (2000-2015)

Abstract: Primary pulmonary histiocytic sarcoma (PHS) has been reported, but is not well characterized. The aim of this retrospective study was to describe clinical characteristics, characterize prognostic factors and report the outcome of a larger group of dogs with primary PHS.
Authored By: Marlowe K, Robat C, Clarke D, Taylor A, Touret M, Husbands B, and Vail, D
Published: Vet Comp Onc. 2018; 16(4): 658-663

Targeting NEDD8-activating enzyme is a new approach to treat canine diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Abstract: Canine diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the most common hematologic malignancy of dogs, is associated with poor overall survival. The lack of conventional chemotherapies with sustainable efficacy warrants investigation of novel therapies. Pevonedistat (MLN4924) is a potent and selective small molecule NEDD8-activating enzyme inhibitor.
Authored By: 
Assumpção A, Lu Z, Marlowe K, Shaffer, K and Pan, X
Published: Vet Comp Onc. 2018; 16(4): 606-615

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Oncology

What Is A Veterinary Oncologist?

A board certified veterinary oncologist is a veterinary internal medicine specialist who has also obtained additional training in veterinary oncology. A veterinary oncologist has specialized knowledge in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of tumors, the development of treatment plans, and the administration of chemotherapy.

When your pet is faced with cancer, a veterinary oncologist will typically work in concert with your pet's general practitioner veterinarian in order to obtain the best possible medical outcome for your pet. A veterinary oncologist can help your pet by developing treatment plans that incorporate one or all of the following options:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases like cancer require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?

Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist to help diagnose and treat the disease. Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer.

You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one who is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board-certified veterinary internists/oncologists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.

My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?

Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets.

From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease.

If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become overwhelmed. Ask your veterinarian to write down the most important points for you to review later. Although the disease is serious, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want to have your general practice veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialists for your pet's treatment.

Veterinary oncologists typically treat:

  • Common Cancers
  • Skin tumors
  • Mammary tumors
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Endocrine tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma

ONCEPT Canine Melanoma Vaccine

There is ongoing research and clinical trials to develop new and effective treatment options for pets with cancer. Many veterinary medical advances have been made in recent years. One breakthrough treatment was the development of the ONCEPT Canine Melanoma Vaccine.

Developed by VCA Katonah-Bedford Veterinary Center (KBVC) Oncology Specialist Dr. Philip Bergman in partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Merial, it is the first commercially available vaccine for the treatment of canine melanoma. Melanoma is one of the most common and aggressive forms of cancer in dogs and most often seen in the mouth or digits of dogs This innovative DNA-based cancer vaccine has demonstrated longer life spans for dogs with Stage I and Stage II canine melanoma.

Since receiving full USDA approval in 2009, thousands of dogs have been treated with ONCEPT and it has shown to be a safe, effective adjunct therapy that can prolong survival times in dogs with canine melanoma. The vaccine is administered via a Canine Transdermal Device, which delivers the vaccine without the use of a needle. ONCEPT is available through our hospital’s Oncology Department. 

Discuss with your oncologist if the Melanoma Vaccine is right for your pet.

Additional information may also be found at these links:


Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist, veterinary radiation oncologist, and any other members of your pet's veterinary health care team.

Did You Know?

Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer. However, humans are more likely to get lung and stomach cancers than pets

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