Cleopatra, my Airedale Terrier, was diagnosed with nasal cavity adenocarcinoma with mucosal polypoid hyperplasia, hemorrhage and necrosis. The appointment at the oncologist is next week, and we would like to go armed with as many questions as possible regarding my pet’s diagnosis. Any help composing a list of questions would be so helpful to us.
Good luck with Cleopatra’s cancer. Here are some questions to ask the oncologist.
- What are the treatment options for this type of cancer? Will she need chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, etc.?
- What is involved with each treatment? How long will she stay in the hospital? What are the costs involved? What will actually be done to Cleopatra? What is the success/failure rate of each treatment?
- Are there any side effects to the treatment and if so are they treatable?
- If she has surgery, will it disfigure her or will it be somewhat cosmetic? Do you have pictures of other pets who had simliar surgeries to show what it looks like at the end?
- What is the prognosis with treatment? How much time will we have with her? Will she have a good quality of life?
- What will happen if we decide not to treat the dog? How much time will we have with her? Will she have a good quality of life?
- If she goes into remission, what are the symptoms that will indicate the cancer has returned?
- Are there any non-invasive or less-invasive treatment options available with less severe side effects or less effects on her quality of life?
- What payment options are available?