Treating an Elephant During Breast Cancer Awareness Month!


Dr. Joseph Impellizeri, our board-certified veterinary oncologist, treated a beautiful 52-year-old Asian elephant, Juno, at the El Paso Zoo in Houston on Wednesday, October 16. Juno has inoperable breast cancer. Dr. Impellizeri administered electrogenetransfer and electrochemotherapy–the first time ever in an exotic animal. This progressive treatment method allows cancer to be recognized by the body’s immune system. The therapy has been successful and Juno is doing very well!

Thank you to the El Paso Zoological Society and its amazing team for always thinking of newer and better ways to treat cancer in exotic animals. We’re planning to head back to Houston for two more sessions over the next few months. Go Juno!!!

Our hospital offers clinical trials, studies and cutting-edge treatments for pets with cancer. Some of these methods aren’t available anywhere else. We’ve achieved successful results for many dogs and cats with various types of cancers. Our goal is to prolong life, and improve or maintain quality of life, to give owners more time to spend with their cherished pets.

For more information on Juno and this amazing, unusual case visit:…/117-22-september-2017-evvivax-…

(from Johnson & Johnson)

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