Chemotherapy, or treatment with drugs, is intended to kill cancer or prevent it from spreading. These drugs attack growing cells by either killing them or stopping them from dividing.
Chemotherapy may be offered alone or along with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation. Drugs may be given as a pill that your pet can take at home or may be administered via an injection at our clinic.
In some cases, your pet may have to stay at a hospital for treatment. Decisions about which type of chemotherapy to use will depend on the type and stage of your pet's cancer. Our team will discuss side effects, treatment goals, timelines, and costs with you before any decisions are made.
Because chemotherapy drugs are considered an occupational hazard, we protect our personnel and our patients by administering chemotherapy safely in a purpose-built space with features like special air handling, an advanced biosafety cabinet, a three-room chemotherapy suite, and a secure hazardous waste disposal stream. The Animal Cancer Care and Research Center is a national model for the safe handling and administration of chemotherapy.