Pets can get cancer, just like people. And in both cases, diagnosis and treatment can be challenging for the patient and their loved ones alike. The good news is, we’re here to help. Our experienced, board-certified oncologist will walk you through the disease process and your available treatment options. We’ll explain the potential side effects of the chosen course of treatment, as well as any available palliative measures, to help you make the most informed decision possible for you and your pet.
- Chemotherapy: Fortunately for your pet, chemotherapy causes fewer side effects in animals than people—and pets generally see good results. Chemotherapy may be given orally, intravenously or directly into the tumor. The number and frequency of treatments will depend on whether the patient is a dog or cat, what type of cancer is diagnosed and how well the patient responds to therapy.
- Radiation therapy: For tumors to grow, their cells must divide. Radiation halts that process. When using radiation treatment, we are able to target tumor cells while minimizing the effects on the the surrounding normal tissues to achieve the very best results for your pet. We welcome you to consult with Dr. Jankowski to learn more about this treatment option.
- Surgery: In small animals, the best chance for curing a malignant tumor is often surgical removal. Surgery can also help make an accurate diagnosis, reduce pain and symptoms and make chemotherapy or radiotherapy more effective when a total removal is not possible. If we recommend surgery for your pet’s cancer treatment, we’ll talk with you about the risks and factors to help you make an informed decision.