Chemotherapy is a drug treatment used to treat patients that have been diagnosed with cancer. In some patients, chemotherapy drugs may be used as a primary treatment for cancer. It may also be recommended for cancers that cannot be completely removed with surgery or in cancers that have a high risk of spreading to other organs.
Chemotherapy medications are often administered by injection, but oral chemotherapy is an option for the treatment of some cancers.
Most canine and feline patients tolerate chemotherapy well, and we strive to minimize side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or weakening of the immune system.
Our goal with chemotherapy is to provide comforting care and to make treatment as easy as possible while improving and extending the patient’s quality of life. Chemotherapy is a highly individualized treatment, and expected response depends on a variety of factors including the type of cancer, cancer stage, and patient response.
Recommendations and chemotherapy options will be outlined at your pet's initial consultation visit.