Everyone at Hope was so nice and compassionate. Strangers I met in the lobby consoled me. You knew everyone who stepped through Hope's doors loved animals.
Ilona and Bill
The goal of chemotherapy is to control or eliminate the cancer while at the same time maintain a highest quality of life to your pet. Chemotherapy drugs help control the cancer by killing cells and preventing their growth and ability to divide and spread. Unlike humans, the side effects of chemotherapy in pets are relatively mild and most maintain a excellent quality of life. Some drugs must be given intravenously, others may be given under the skin or into a muscle. In some cancers, chemotherapy may be injected directly into the tumor itself. Doses of drugs and treatment schedules are calculated by the oncologist to effectively fight off the cancer but minimize discomfort to the pet. Each patient receives a specific “Protocol” which refers to a set regime of drugs given over a specific time frame. Some drugs are given daily, others weekly and some only every 2-3 weeks. Many chemotherapy protocols involve a series of treatments, followed by a monitoring period with defined recheck examinations with your oncologist.Chemotherapy protocols can be changed or modified depending on the patient and type of cancer in a effort to achieve the best outcome. Similar to cancer treatment in people, a multimodality approach approach is important and this may entail the use of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and alternative therapies to control cancer in pets.