How Animals Tolerate Cancer Treatments

Last Modified: September 17, 2012

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How do dogs tolerate cancer treatment? Do they get sick like people do?

Erika Krick, VMD, DACVIM Veterinary Medical Oncologist, University of Pennsylvania, responds:


Dogs tend to tolerate cancer treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy) relatively well compared to people, but they can certainly still have side effects. Quality of life is a primary goal of veterinary oncology, and we try to balance effective treatment and maintaining a pet's quality of life.

Learn more about treatment options for animals with cancer.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire transcript from When a Beloved Pet has Cancer.

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