|Cancer treatment will largely depend on how advanced the disease is, the type of cancer, and the pet's age and overall
health. Options usually include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery,
hyperthermia and targeted therapy. In some cases, treatments are combined (e.g., surgery or radiation combined with
chemotherapy or immunotherapy). To learn about each of these options, please click on the above links. To learn about
specific treatment options for a specific tumor type, please visit the Cancer Types section.
Even if your pet is diagnosed with cancer for which there is no effective treatment or your pet did not respond to a
traditional treatment, enrollment in a veterinary clinical trial may provide options to try new investigational therapies. The
clinical trial treatment is often available at decreased or no cost to you, and even if your pet did not respond to the therapy,
its participation would help scientists develop better and more successful cancer treatments in the future. To learn more
about these trials (which are partially or fully funded by the institutions), please visit the Dog Clinical Trials or Cat Clinical
Trials sections. To learn more about veterinary clinical trials in general, please visit the Pet Clinical Trials section.
Prior to initiating any type of cancer treatment for your pet, including alternative therapies such as holistic medicine or
acupuncture, you should consult with a qualified veterinary oncologist. To locate a veterinary oncologist worldwide, please
visit the Locate a Veterinary Oncologist section.
Factors to consider prior to initiating any type of cancer treatment
|Treatment options for cats and dogs with cancer
|PET CANCER CENTER
Comprehensive guide to cancer diagnosis and treatment in cats and dogs