When a diagnosis of cancer is made and all the pertinent information has been taken, we then can make recommend a treatment plan. Therapy may include one or often a combination of the following:
- Supportive treatment
The decision to put an animal through cancer treatment is one of the most difficult decisions an owner is faced with. This decision often comes with fundamental questions concerning their pet’s quality of life. Maintaining a good quality of life is the core of our considerations when recommending a treatment plan and most of our treatment options are very well tolerated by our patients. We truly understand how vulnerable an owner can feel when their animal is diagnosed with cancer yet we believe that by giving you the information you need to make the best decision for you animal, we will be able to transform your concerns into hope. Our team remains available to answer any of your questions and to guide and reassure you. There are also many websites that may helpful (www.tailsofhopefoundation.org , www.acfoundation.org ,www.acvimfoundation.org).
It is normal for owners to have many questions concerning cancer treatment.
Will my animal be sick for the rest of its LIFE?
When looking at the different treatments options, we advocate open and honest discussions. We will evaluate with you, the risks and d benefits associated with each treatment option and will determine, with you, the best compromise. In general, the treatments that we recommend are well tolerated and as for chemotherapy, 90% of patients have few or no undesirable side effects. Our objective is always a return to normal life.
How much will treatment COST?
Cancer treatments are not always expensive. Many oral alternatives are now available and therefore allow for more affordable treatments. On the other hand, cost is not the only aspect to consider. Certain protocols can be very time consuming, since the animal needs to be seen frequently at the hospital for treatments and follow-up. However, many of these visits are short or can be performed by your regular veterinarian.
will my animal be cured?
For certain cancers, a cure is possible. For many others, science has not yet caught up; however, with the many tools available we can work together to prolong the remaining time you have with your pet while improving its quality of life. We have on-hand many statistics concerning median survival. These numbers are taken from the scientific literature as well as from the analysis of animal populations. These statistics are helpful in predicting the outcome of a population but difficult to apply to individuals. Therefore, we treat each patient with hope and celebrate each day many victories.