Chemotherapy protocols vary by the type of cancer, the extent of the disease, your goals, and concurrent health conditions your pet may have. Chemotherapeutic agents are given intravenously, subcutaneous, and/or orally. Depending on the protocol, they may be given daily, weekly, or once every few weeks. The length of time your pet will be receiving chemotherapy depends on the type of cancer your pet has and response to the therapy.
Chemotherapy drugs are often used in combination to enhance the efficacy of the drugs and allow them to be used at lower dosages. Some tumors can be resistant to a certain drug. Using multiple drugs can help combat this problem by combining different ways of killing the cancer. The selection of drugs used will depend on what the protocol is for your pet’s cancer, as well as your pet’s individual health status.
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