Most pets diagnosed with cancer can have a normal lifespan in a healthy manner and their quality of life remains stable throughout the treatment process. Accurate diagnosis and proper treatment requires a wholistic medical approach to the patient.
Most pets diagnosed with cancer can have a normal lifespan in a healthy manner and and their quality of life remains stable throughout the treatment process. Accurate diagnosis and proper treatment requires a wholistic medical approach to the patient.
In veterinary medicine, cancer treatment is tailored specifically for each patient considering their overall health and the condition of the cancer. Like people, animals can also be treated via tumor removal, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and a combination of these methods.
Approaches to cancer treatment in cancer differs from that to people. Despite biological affinities, the ultimate purpose in the treatment of people is to enable them to live cancer free for decades whereas considering the lifespan of animals, the main aim is to improve their quality of life. The aggressive approaches in cancer treatment of people is replaced by tumor growth control or remission in animals. The most important goal in cancer treatment of animals is to maintain quality of life.
In oncological consultancy, all treatment options should be evaluated by examining all the clinical symptoms. The most important step in cancer treatment is accurate diagnosis. With the diagnostic tool called staging, scope of the cancer and treatment strategies are determined.
In staging, physical examination, laboratory tests and various advanced imaging techniques are used to determine the type and stage of the cancer.
In most cases, treatment begins with the surgical removal of the tumor. In cases when it is not possible to completely remove the tumor, remaining cancer cells are destroyed by radiotherapy. If the cancer spread or if there is such a risk, chemotherapy can be used to cure or prevent the cancer from spreading. Different treatment options for different cancer types are applied by following specific protocols.
Animals can continue with their lives as usual during these treatments since most of the time they suffer from no side effects.