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Treatment Options

Once the diagnosis of cancer is reached, the discussion typically turns to treatment options. Depending on the type of cancer, the location and how advanced the disease, your pet’s oncologist may recommend one treatment or a combination of treatments. Similar to cancer treatment in people, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are often used alone or in combination to control cancer in pets.

The content provided will give you general information about treatment options that may be available for your pet. Remember, your pet’s oncologist will make treatment recommendations based on your pet’s specific case.

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Surgery
Surgery is the most commonly used techniques to treat cancer in companion animals. The best chance to achieve complete surgical removal of cancer is during the first surgical procedure and is often best performed by a surgeon with experience in surgical oncology. read more...

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is frequently used to treat cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, to treat cancer that cannot be treated with surgery or radiation therapy alone or when it may enhance the effectiveness of these treatments. read more...

Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy uses ionizing radiation to damage the DNA in tumor cells, resulting in tumor cell death. The most common type of radiation therapy is external beam radiation therapy, also known as teletherapy. Teletherapy is delivered by a radiation producing machine like a linear accelerator, or from a machine housing a radioactive source, such as a cobalt machine. read more...