Our veterinarians consider many factors when advising you of the most appropriate course of treatment for your pet's particular cancer case.
The standard treatment for almost all pet cancers is surgical removal of the lump. Benign (non-invasive, non-spreading) cancers in an accessible, well-defined area are almost always permanently cured by surgical removal. Surgery is also the best treatment for the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread (metastasized).
Complex procedures may require referral to a specialist. Recovery from most surgery is rapid and post-surgical pain is controllable using appropriate medications.
Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs designed to be damaging to cancer cells. Some pets experience chemotherapy side effects such as anemia, reduced resistance to infection, and gastrointestinal upset. Our medical team will help you monitor your pet for these conditions.
Chemotherapy for pets has been designed to improve their quality of life and maximize their lifespans. Protocols are developed to minimize side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, and lowered resistance to infection. These effects can be moderated or eliminated by use of appropriate medications and adjustment of the chemotherapy protocol.
Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all of the relevant factors with our medical team so you can make the most informed choice.
Our understanding of cancer is increasing every day, leading to better treatment approaches and quality of life, and improved outcomes.