My veterinarian told me that my dog/cat has cancer, now what?
Receiving a cancer diagnosis for your pet can be scary, but there are treatment options, just like there are for humans. Also, just as with humans, acting quickly is crucial. Most veterinarians will be capable of performing a biopsy to determine whether the tumor is malignant. Depending on your veterinarian, you might be referred to a specialist–particularly if the cancer case looks complicated. Don’t be afraid to ask your veterinarian for a referral to an oncologist if they don’t offer one to you. Our treatment is designed to be effective alongside of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and must be completed in concurrence with surgery in order for us to acquire the cancerous tissue to build our personalized treatment. So, we’ll need to talk to whichever veterinarian you choose to work with on treating your pet’s cancer. Don’t wait, get us involved., Let’s start doing everything we can to help your four legged family member!
Where can I go to learn more about my pet’s cancer diagnosis?
The first place to look for more information on your pet’s diagnosis should be a veterinary oncologist. They are the most likely to have a broad variety of knowledge about the different treatment options available, and will probably be involved in the medical administration. There are also many websites that you can turn to if you want to conduct your own research, including vetcancersociety.org, pets.webmd.com, petmd.com, and webvet.com. As with humans, the technology and current best practices being used to treat cancer in pets is growing too fast for one place to keep track of at all times, and it is possible that your veterinarian will not be aware of the existence of immuno-therapies like ours. Please, let us know if you would like us to speak to your veterinarian about what we have to offer.
What do I do if there aren’t any pet cancer specialists near me?
Don’t give up hope if there isn’t a pet oncologist in your area. The Vet Cancer Society has a searchable database that you can access here. Just enter the state that you live in, and it will pull up a list of specialists in your state, and you can see which ones are closest to you. If you are unable to travel to an oncology specialist, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get world class cancer treatment at your local Veterinarian. In fact, our treatment process can be administered by any general practitioner, just as it can be by a pet oncologist. The important thing is to reach out to your veterinarian and put us in touch so that we can start the conversation to see if immunotherapy is right for your pet.
What can a veterinarian who specializes in pet oncology do that my vet can’t do?
That depends on the extent of your local veterinarian’s practice. But, generally speaking, veterinary oncologists will have specialized knowledge, equipment, and relationships that will be used to analyze the cancer diagnosis. This includes taking tissue samples and testing them for malignancy. They will also have a greater amount of experience administering cancer treatments, which can minimize the risk of side-effects during the administration period.
Is surgery a common treatment for cancer in pets?
Surgery is the most common form of treatment for cats, dogs, and horses. This does not mean that it will always be the best form of treatment, and many oncologists and veterinarians will suggest doing a combination of surgery and other treatments. Sometimes, a minor surgery is needed to perform a biopsy on the tumor to see if it is malignant or benign. Our treatment is designed to work in concert with surgery, and if your veterinarian knows ahead of time that you are considering using our immunotherapy, then they can be ready to collect and send us a tissue sample. It is crucial to ask your veterinarian AHEAD of a scheduled surgery about using our treatment, because you don’t want to have to pay for two surgeries. If you are considering surgery for your pet’s cancer, please let us know and we can reach out to your veterinarian and see whether or not our treatment should be done in concert, and we can educate them on how to collect tissue for our personalized cancer product.
Is cancer common in pets?
The incidence rate of cancer in pets is similar to that of humans. While it is tough to get precise figures, experts believe that more than 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer, and approximately 1 in 4 dogs will develop cancer at some stage in their life. For dogs, cancer is the single biggest disease-related cause of death. Cancer is less common in cats than dogs, and cats, because of behavioral differences, are also less likely to express overt symptoms early on in their cancer’s progression. Just like with humans, the earlier the cancer is caught, the better, and so it is often times more difficult to treat cancer in cats than dogs.
What are the side effects of cancer treatments in pets?
The side effects in pets are typically not as severe as those experienced by humans, but that doesn’t mean that they do not have the potential to severely limit your pet’s quality of life. Chemotherapy is likely to have the most severe side effects, followed by radiation and then surgery. This is one of the primary reasons we are so excited about our immunotherapy treatment. We have administered more than 2,000 doses on over 95 different breeds of cats, dogs, and horses, and there have been no reported side effects to date. Our treatment can only be done in conjunction with surgery, which means that your pet will still have a surgery-related recovery period, but there will be no additional quality of life impairments related to administering our treatment.