Chemotherapy and lymphoma

Chemotherapy

  • Chemotherapy can provide a valuable treatment method if your pet is diagnosed with a cancerous process.
  • We are able to provide advanced chemotherapy (using Doxorubicin based protocols) for your pet in a way that is as safe as possible for your pet, your family and our clinical team.
  • We will only advise chemotherapy if we feel that it is going to be of sufficient benefit to your pet

Chemotherapy is a successful treatment option that is available and can extend life expectancy to an average of 9-12months  A small number of dogs will still be alive 2 yrs later.  However, it is important to note that approximately 10-20% of patients will not fully respond to chemotherapy treatment.

We will do everything possible to prevent side effects, but some patients will inevitably suffer some side effects during the period of treatment.

Vomitting, diarrhoea and an increased susceptibility  to infection are some of the more frequently seen side effects.

However, side effects are seen less commonly than in human patients receiving chemotherapy.

It  is important to be aware that chemotherapy medications will be excreted  in urine, faeces and vomit in the 5-7 days following adminstration of  chemotherapy medication. You must be prepared to take reasonable precautions in the handling of urine, faeces, vomit and saliva. We will provide you with detailed instructions following each treatment.

Children and pregnant women are especially sensitive to drug excretions.  Children should not have close contact during treatment. Pregnant women will need to take specific precautions and it may be better to temporarily re-home your pet during treatment periods or even not to start treatment.

In a recent study, 92% of surveyed owners felt that their pets quality of life through  treatment was good and had no regrets about opting for chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy drugs have to be prepared and adminstered following strict health and safety guidelines and so the costs for treatment are greater than when using normal medications.

Please ask to speak to Lucy or Ian if you would like to discuss whether chemotherapy might be suitable for your pet.