Approach to the companion animal cancer patient: current therapies
Vicki J Adams
Thursday, February 2, 2017
As one of the most treatable of all the chronic diseases, a diagnosis of cancer ultimately leads to a discussion of treatment options, including therapy directed at the cancer as well as any associated pain or other clinical signs, including paraneoplastic disease, and any comorbidity. The goal of treatment is to achieve as good a quality of life as possible for as long as possible. Given that curative-intent definitive treatment is not always an option, palliative treatment is available and can make the animal comfortable during the latter part of life. The aim of this article is to describe the various cancer therapies available, focusing on the role the veterinary nurse can play in facilitating communication between owner and veterinary surgeon about treatment options and quality of life of the animal.
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