The treatment for hemangiosarcoma typically involves surgery followed by injectable chemotherapy. Many people are nervous about the side effects from chemotherapy; however, the protocols administered at ExpertVet certified hospitals have been developed to be effective while minimizing side effects to your pet. The doses of medication used are much lower than those used in people; therefore, dogs tolerate chemotherapy much better than people. This allows the oncologist (veterinarian who specializes in treating cancer) to reach the goal of maintaining an excellent quality of life for each patient throughout their treatment.
Measuring from the time of diagnosis, most animals have a survival time of six-nine months after the diagnosis of splenic hemangiosarcoma when they are treated with surgery to remove the spleen and then chemotherapy.
For families that choose not to pursue chemotherapy, the board certified oncologists will work with you and your veterinarian to maintain a good quality of life for your dog for as long as possible.
The cost of treatment is based on what chemotherapy drug is used and how it is administered. During your evaluation, the oncologist will have an extensive discussion with you about your pet and what protocol will be most appropriate. You will then be provided with the estimated costs involved with diagnosis and treatment. Again, the goal is always to maintain your pet's quality of life and to give them as much time with you as possible.