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Cancer treatment - radio-iodine treatment for thyroid cancer Owner Factsheet

Pets today are healthier and, in general, living longer than ever before. However the increasing numbers of ageing pets mean that they are at increasing risk of developing cancer later in life. It can be very frightening when you hear that your pet has cancer of any kind, but veterinary care has advanced rapidly over recent years. Thyroid cancer (hyperthyroidism or over-active thyroid gland) is quite common in middle-aged cats. If your cat has been diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid gland there may well be an effective treatment for your pet. The disease can often be successfully treated by surgery but a form of radiotherapy (radio-iodine treatment) is another option and this has fewer complications and a higher success rate than surgery or other forms of treatment.

What is Radiotherapy?

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How does the radiation get to the cancer?

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Why did my vet recommend radiotherapy?

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Is my pet going to be ill during treatment?

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What are the risks of treatment?

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Why does my pet have to stay in hospital?

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How should I care for my pet when they come home?

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How soon will the treatment start to work?

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