|Barked: Tue May 17, '11 9:35am PST |
|To expand on what Samson said ---> Most radiation options require anesthesia for every dose of radiation because they use a wide beam that can scatter onto people or other parts of dogs body - this means that they cannot have someone close enough to restrain, comfort or pet the dog without exposing them to radiation (an OSHA No-No) and if the dog moves it can effect the strength of the dose and possible negate the treatment.
So, depending on type of cancer and radiation protocol, you may be looking at anesthesia administered to the pet every 2-3 days for a couple weeks, then weekly for a couple weeks then every other week for a couple months. It can be as many as 15-30 different anesthetic events.
If the pet is not stable enough to go under anesthesia for amputation it is most likely not stable enough for this either.
And once under anesthesia for amputation may be a benefit over multiple anesthtic events for radiation.
HOWEVER often the best protocol is to do both options and even with that the cancer may spread anyway.
Has you pet had chest xrays since diagnosis of bone cancer? Were they reviewed by a board certified radiologist? These will be able to tell you if the cancer has spread to the lungs yet or not. If the chest rads show metastization then radiation and amputation are a moot point.....
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