As veterinary medicine continues to evolve, veterinary oncologists are finding better, more effective treatments to fight pet cancers. There are three treatment options that veterinary oncologists use most often to provide cures, when possible, or to provide a comfortable quality of life for as long as possible for your pet. The treatment options include surgical removal of the cancer, medical therapy called “chemotherapy,” and radiation therapy. In some cases, all three therapies may be indicated to treat particular kinds of cancer.
Surgery: Surgery is often effective in removing all or much of a tumor. In some cases, surgery is all that is needed to effectively cure the caner. In other cases, chemotherapy or radiation therapy is also indicated.
Chemotherapy: A veterinary oncologist can sometimes treat a pet’s cancer with oral or intravenous drugs that kill cancerous cells. Veterinary chemotherapy drugs are used at lower dosages than in human medicine and, therefore, cause fewer side effects than people experience.
Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is performed by a veterinary radiation therapist with a linear accelerator that shrinks tumors that cannot be surgically removed. Often used post-surgery, radiation therapy very precisely destroys cancerous cells that remain in the body.