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Fri, Nov 13 | By Haley Finnegan | 41

In Brooklyn, Dr. Post, a veterinary oncologist explains that animal cancer is treatable but since cancer is the most common cause for death in older animals, it leaves pet owners asking questions... What symptoms are signs of can… more ›

Is Animal Cancer Treatable?
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Gregory H.
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Gregory H.
5 years ago

I believe cancer is treatable and curable in animals. With a proper diet or a raw or healthy homemade diet the pet can be cancer free. Just like in humans though vaccines and commercial food can cause cancer, slowly but surely as Cancer is one of the most common reasons animals are dieing so early.

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Sam
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Sam
5 years ago

I believe cancer in animals (and humans) is definitely treatable if given a healthy natural diet. It could even be prevented as well. We are what we eat and what our bodies absorb (medicines, toxins in the air, etc.), and if we make the changes for a healthier lifestyle, we can overcome these diseases.

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
5 years ago

Cancer is curable in animals but you need to weigh the odds and invasiveness of the treatment. I had a cat with cancer and decided to put her asleep. It was unbearable to watch her pain. The Vet. advised me against treatment as it wouldn't have alleiated her suffering. Each to their own though.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

We went through the same thing with our 14-year-old several years ago. I just felt it wasn't worth it to do invasive (and expensive) treatments on an animal that old. As with humans, sometimes the treatment can be almost as bad as the disease and they can't understand what's going on. We kept him comfortable until his breathing became labored and then we had him put to sleep.

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L M.
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L M.
5 years ago

I agree...sad, sad situation. :-(

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Hokyung K.
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Hokyung K.
4 years ago

I understand and agree with your decision, but at the same time, it is tearful.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
5 years ago

I believe Care2.com has a list of 10 signs of cancer in dogs...they might also haev one for cats too. Cancer is horrible for any being involved & I hope for a cure!

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years ago

I'm glad there are some treatment options out there.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

Me too.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i would think that cancer in animals is just as treatable as it is in humans and there was an article a while back that spoke of new treatments all the time for our pets

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Amanda V.
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Amanda V.
5 years ago

My mom had a dog die of breast cancer and back then I didnt even know that dogs could get it. She was an older rescue dog when my mom got her and wonderful. I believe if people can beat cancer animals should be able to also.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

it is so difficult when not in the situation. but all important is the quality of life during treatmant and after

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L M.
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L M.
5 years ago

My cat died of oral cancer. It had gone up into his eye. I would NEVER have a cat have surgery (couldn't get all the cancer) and have him go through that again just to live another 7-8 months. Never.

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Momba
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Momba
5 years ago

I'm so sorry about your cat. How terrible that must have been for him and for you, too.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

LM,
I am so sorry about your cat

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

And depending on the age of the animal, they could die of old age anyway. Either way they're in pain - it's just a matter of inflicting unnecessary suffering.

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Bowne
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Bowne
5 years ago

So sorry about your cat. It is always difficult to watch someone or a pet suffer. Sometimes, I think it is even more difficult with a pet because they can't tell you they are hurting or sick to begin with.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
5 years ago

This is a very upbeat, hopeful and optimistic news article. I do feel that the article was somewhat misleading with respect to type of cancer and treatability.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

I really hope some day we could find a cure for cancer.
I think it is treatable in dogs depending on the type of cancer and how quick it is found.
I lost my Ashley to Osteosarcoma ( bone cancer).
In my case, the only sign Ashley showed was that one day she began to limp on her hind leg. So I took her in for x-rays and the cancer had alrady started to attack the bone in her leg.

I pray that no pet or pet owner has to ever go through this , cancer is a horrible disease.

Prayers for a cure to cancer

Rest in Peace my beautiful Ashley 1994-2007

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

Well said, Kaytee. I do hope there will come a day when no one has to go through what you and my brother have - losing your dogs to cancer.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

Thank you Kris :)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

cancer is cruel to animals and humans and the people who care for and about them

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

You are so right, Daryl.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
5 years ago

I find Dr.Post very enjoyable to listen to....he explains things very clearly. Thanks Haley for another great and informative news story.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

Great, now I will have to visit the AFC website to find out what are the 10 warning signs of cancer in animals. I find it hard to believe that dogs and cats tolerate chemo and radiation therapy better than humans. If that's the case, let's use the vet drugs on humans if there are fewer side effects!
Zootoo could add the link on its news story that is an active link. Guess not allowed to leave this site unless it is for Facebook!

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Momba
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Momba
5 years ago

I believe cancer is treatable in humans and pets, the only difference being that people can tell you when things aren't feeling right, but animals can't. Our cat, Mike seemed fine right up until the time she started having seizures. By that time it was too late to treat her brain tumor. At 18 yrs of age, I'm not sure we would have gone that route anyway. Early diagnosis is the key. I'm glad they are making progress in this department.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

I agree,
So sorry aout your cat Mike.
My Ashley was 13 when we found out she had bone cancer .

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Momba
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Momba
5 years ago

And I'm sorry about Ashley. Was there a test for the bone cancer? When I was young, my sister died from bone cancer. At that time there was no treatment for it. No marrow transplants, no chemo, ~ nothing. They've come a long way since then.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

Thank you. I am so sorry about your sister.
The only symptom Ashley showed was that one day out of the blue she started to limp on her hind leg. So I took her to the vet they ran a x-ray on her leg and you could tell by the -ray that it was cancer.It had started to attack that one bone in the middle of her leg.She had this leg removed and did wonderful after surgery for about 4 months and she started to become very ill 2 weeks before christmas.

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

I agree, Momba. The prognosis is certainly better when the cancer is caught early. It is great to see progress being made in our ability to treat this awful disease.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

I agree Kris

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

A few minutes ago on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", the $25,000 question was about the drug "Palladia" and what disease in dogs it is used to treat: None other than CANCER.

So, YES, cancer IS treatable.

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