Once Bone Cancer has developed, it is almost impossible to prevent its spreading throughout the body . It spreads aggressively throughout the body in such a way that without relative treatment, affected dogs may completely succumb to the disease in 1 to 2 months’ time. Once Bone Cancer has spread and become inoperable or untreatable, euthanasia is the only humane option allowable in order to save the dog from intense pain that will no longer regress.
90% of Bone Cancer tumors metastasize to the lungs. Because of this, aggressive treatment is implemented.
Treatment includes amputation of the affected part followed by a series of chemotherapy, but that should provide only temporary relief. Amputation alone provides an average survival time of 5 months while amputation with chemotherapy provides a survival time of at least one year. Chemotherapy drugs that are proven effective for Bone Cancer chemotherapy are Carboplatin, Cisplatin and Doxorubicin.
Radiation therapy is another option when the aim is to provide pain relief from secondary bone tumors caused by metastasis. This treatment results to 2 to 3 months of pain-free survival time. Commonly, radiation therapy is used before and after a surgery, or during times when the tumor is inoperable or has not been completely excised during surgery.
These are some of the ways dog bone cancer is treated.