Much more than a companion, your pet is a member of your family. We understand how frightening it is to learn that your pet has cancer. The good news is that you don't have to go through this experience alone and the Creekside Veterinary Hospital is here for you. One of our main goals is to educate you about the specific cancer your pet has and what treatment options are available, in addition to sharing knowledge about cancer in general.
A few cancer facts:
- Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells on or within the body. Not all cancers are the same. Depending on the location and biologic behavior there maybe several treatment options available.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death in pet cats and dogs in the United States. As many as 50% of pets die of cancer.
- Cancer is often a treatable or even curable disease with specialized cancer care.
- Many of the same treatments that are available for humans are now available for pets. These treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.
Different cancers may require different forms of treatment. Some patients will only need tumor removal where as others may need a combination of treatments.
Take the first few steps once a diagnosis of cancer has been made.
What type of cancer does my pet have?
How advanced is the cancer at this point?
Are there any health factors about my pet or the cancer that alter the anticipated outcome or the treatments available?
Often there are additional tests or pieces of information that are needed for the medical team to fully understand the nature of your pet's cancer. You should inquire about the costs of suggested tests, less expensive alternatives and the advantages and disadvantages of the various options. Once the medical team has the information they need, they can discuss the treatment options available.
By Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, MS, Diplomate ACVS
Professor, Surgical Oncology
Animal Cancer Center, Colorado State University
Got any questions about Oncology? Please contact us for further information.