ChemotherapyWe do our best to provide the best quality of life for animals suffering from cancer, achieve remission or cure from the disease, minimize the side effects of therapy, and offer palliative treatment.
Certain drugs (chemicals) destroy cancer cells. This type of treatment is called chemotherapy. It can be used to manage and treat several types of cancer. When it is used, the most common treatment goal is to shrink, stop the growth of, or destroy the cancer without longterm negative effects on the quality of life for the animal. Your veterinarian will prescribe chemotherapy based on the type of cancer to be treated, the stage of the cancer, the overall condition of the animal, and any financial constraints that may be present.
In an ideal situation, a chemotherapy drug would kill cancer cells in an animal’s body without harming normal healthy cells. Few such drugs have been found. Today, the drugs selected for chemotherapy have been designed to be more damaging to cancer cells than to normal cells. They specifically target cells that divide and grow rapidly. Normal cells will be affected to some extent by chemotherapy drugs, and sometimes the drugs can have adverse effects.