How is Cancer in Pets Treated?
Bo, the educated cat: No, I am not a doctor, nor do I play one in this blog. However, I am skilled at research, and I have come across some important information that you might find of interest if you have a cat or a dog with cancer/neoplasia.
Each type of cancer requires its own modality of treatment. It may require just one form of treatment or several combined therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, cryosurgery (freezing), hyperthermia (heating) or immunotherpay. Your veterinarian should take into consideration the overall health of your pet and even make recommendations regarding the diet of your pet that will best allow him or her to respond favorably to treatment.
Once a diagnosis of cancer is made, your vet will discuss all treatment options with you so that you can determine which is best for your pet, for you, and for your family. Pain management is a key factor, as it is important to make your pet as comfortable as possible during this challenging time.
While some types of neoplasia are curable, others can only be managed so that the spread of it is decreased and your pet’s comfort is they key focus of attetnion. The earlier the neoplasm is detected and the type of neoplasm are usually the biggest factors that determine the success of the treatment.
Sometimes, euthanasia may be considered, especially for the more aggresive types of cancer. Be sure to discuss all options thoroughly with your veterinarian before entering into this type of decision.
Please know that Jessie and I say our prayers nightly for all of the pets across the world. We want them all to be safe, healthy, and happy! That is our express wish for you pet!
(Thanks to the Veterinary Cancer Society for their brochure on this matter.)