The Importance Of Planning: Pet Cancer Treatment Scheduling
Veterinary medicine has come a long way in recent years, and that includes the area of pet cancer treatment. There are many options available to pet owners for treating and managing cancer in pets. These options make it to plan ahead and to choose the best course of action for your beloved companion.
Preparing For Pet Cancer Treatment
In planning a pet’s cancer therapy, we utilize different approaches based on the type of cancer and how far it has progressed. Pets can receive many of the same types of cancer treatments as humans, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, molecular targeted therapy and additional emerging therapies.
Depending on the circumstances, treatment may be short-lived or may take weeks of regular appointments to complete. We work with pet owners to set up a treatment schedule that is as convenient as possible, giving them time to make any necessary adjustments to their daily and weekly routines. We are also very aware of cost effectiveness and the strain that can be put on the family’s economic situation. We strive to work with our clients to enable them to pursue treatment for their family member.
Because treatment protocols can vary widely depending on the type of cancer and method of treatment, patients may be seen for treatment weekly, bi-weekly, or every three weeks or sometimes daily as in the case of certain radiation treatments. We strive to make our patient’s treatment schedules convenient whenever possible by being open 7 days per week at our West Chester location and offering boarding, when needed, for daily radiation treatments at our radiation center in Chalfont.
Because of the frequency of re-check appointments that are generally needed, we work closely with local and referring veterinarians who can share rechecks. We make sure that the patient’s veterinarian is given clinical updates and discharge instructions ensuring that the patient and family has the support they need as they navigate this path, both during treatment and after.
The Long Road
In this wonderful age of modern veterinary medicine and advanced technology, many more cases of cancer in pets can result in long term survival than ever before. Some cancers, however, will require treatment throughout the pet’s life. We are happy to discuss the various options for long-term treatment with you.
It’s natural to want to shoulder a heavy burden alone, but caring for a sick pet and managing an ongoing cancer treatment schedule can be a serious stressor for an individual or family. Asking friends, neighbors and family to help you shoulder the burden by running errands, helping to transport your pet to appointments or even just being a listening ear, can bring an enormous sense of relief while providing a way for your loved ones to support you.
If you have any questions about pet cancer treatment, please reach out to the knowledgeable and experienced staff at Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center. Our goal is to provide affordable effective cancer treatment while making sure our patients are enjoying the best quality of life possible.