Monday, November 11, 2013

Pet Chemotherapy in Maryland

Finding out your dog or cat has been diagnosed with cancer can be devastating. Just as in people, animal cancer treatment breakthroughs are occurring all the time and the technology is allowing us to get better outcomes, longer survival times and even cures with some cancer types.

Overall, our pets are much more tolerant of both chemotherapy and radiation than people tend to be. The type(s) of treatment used are quite variable and depend on many factors (tumor type, grade of the tumor, stage of the cancer, age, and body condition to name a few). Your pet’s Medical and/or Radiation Oncologist will work with you and discuss many treatment options and help you to decide which is the best for your family.

External Beam Radiation Therapy

External Beam Radiation Therapy is a process whereby photons or electrons are used to damage cancer cells. In many cases, we hope this damage will lead to remission of the cancer for years. Sometimes, though, our goal is to just make your friend feel better. Either way, the process is similar, just the number of visits changes.

The video below helps to show what a typical day entails when your pet is having radiation treatments. Preston was an actual patient and this video was filmed during his third of four weeks of treatments.

Hopefully your friend will never need our pet chemotherapy and radiation services, but if you ever do, we are here to help! Learn more about our animal hospital in Maryland or contact us today.

1 comment:

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