Our experienced, board-certified oncologist will walk you through the diagnostic process, provide education on the disease process, and discuss all available treatment options. Dr. Monika Jankowski utilizes the most up to date practices to help you make the most informed decision possible for you and your pet.
Our main goal is to provide cancer treatment for your pets with the intent of slowing down the progression of cancer while maintaining a great quality of life for your four-legged family member. At Virginia Veterinary Centers, we strive to provide you and your family veterinarian with a comprehensive evaluation of your pet and their diagnosis. We can then discuss the best treatment options for you and your pet.
Many treatments exist for pets with cancer. Cancer therapies can include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. Cancer treatment is well tolerated, and the quality of life is excellent.
Cancer Care Options in Veterinary Oncology:
- Chemotherapy: This type of care is often used to treat various cancers that have spread (or have a high potential to spread) to other parts of the body. Chemotherapy is most commonly administered intravenously or by mouth to the patient. It is given on an outpatient basis. Fortunately for your pet, chemotherapy causes fewer side effects in animals than people-and pets generally see good results. The number and frequency of treatments will depend on the type of cancer and the overall treatment goals.
- Immunotherapy: Another type of cancer therapy commonly used is Immunotherapy. This is a treatment that stimulates your pet’s immune system to fight off a particular cancer. One example of immunotherapy is the canine melanoma vaccine which is used to treat canine oral melanoma. This form of treatment is very well tolerated and can help improve the outcome of dogs with oral malignant melanoma.
- Palliative care: This therapy focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and pain associated with cancer. Our main goal is to improve the quality of life for your pet. Palliative care may include pain management, medications to stimulate appetite, and medications to help with nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. This can also include intravenous drugs to help with bone pain from primary osteosarcoma or other bone tumors.
- Surgery: This treatment option is commonly used to treat certain types of cancer and we work closely with a board-certified surgeon. The best chance of achieving complete removal of certain tumors is the removal of the tumor during the first surgery.
- Additional options: Other cancer treatments can include radiation therapy. Our oncology team can discuss these options with you and refer you to a radiation oncologist.