Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center, Olympia WA

Initial Visit



Your pet's first visit will allow us to gather more information about your pet and to go over your pet's medical history with you.  Every animal who comes through our door is a different individual with different needs.  If cancer is suspected it's necessary to begin the tests needed to find out for sure.  There are numerous treatment methods for numerous types of cancer.  Learning this basic information will allow us to plan our next course of action.


Diagnosis


Tests can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to come back.  If the tests show that cancer cells are present a diagnosis will be made.  This information will allow our doctors to formulate the correct course of treatment for your pet.  The course of treatment chosen is dependent on several factors.  These factors not only include the type of cancer cells present but also are dependent on the individual pet's needs.  Pets are individuals just like us and demand a course of treatment that is right for them and tailored to their health level, breed etc.  Most treatments have several different options.  Your doctor and you will determine which choices are right for you and your pet.  


Treatment


Medical treatment of cancer no longer solely relies on chemotherapy.  There are several therapies designed to target potential genetic defects that can cause various cancers.  Several types of cancers have been shown to be responsive to therapies traditionally used in treating arthritis.  Osteoporosis therapies are now used to specifically treat some cancers as well as treat some of the symptoms caused by cancers.  Thus there are a multitude of therapies being used instead of or in combination to chemotherapy to manage cancer in animals.         <ADD OTHER THERAPY TYPES: SURGERY, RADIATION. GO MORE IN DEPTH ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY (IT CAN BE A PILL AND NOT NECESSARILY AN INJECTION ETC.)>


  • Chemotherapy Days


If chemotherapy is chosen as the correct course of treatment for your pet you will want to know what to expect.  Animals handle chemotherapy different than humans and every animal is different.  Sometimes you'll hardly even know your animal is being treated with chemotherapy drugs and other days it may become more evident.  More common side effects can include sleepiness, lethargy and nausea but often animals experience few or no side effects.


Follow Up


In the months following treatment your pet will be brought in for periodic blood tests.  These tests let us see the broader picture of your pet's continuing health but also let us watch for signs of any cancer cells that may have returned.  Many animals do wonderfully with only one course of treatment and these follow-up appointments allow us to stay ahead of any potential health problems should they arise.