Dr. Alan Hammer is a veterinary oncologist at North Coast Veterinary Specialist. He's been using the treatment on his four legged patients for the last four years and says he has an 80% success rate.
The animal is given a smart drug that goes to the cancer cells. Then a special light is used to activate the drug. The animal usually only needs one treatment. The cost averages $1,000.
Dr. Hammer says it's beneficial for animals with facial cancer tumors but it works on almost all types. The key is that the light must be able to penetrate the tumor. So it's not used on large, deep or melanoma tumors.
It also doesn't damage other tissue like radiation can. The treated site develops a scab that falls off after a few days to reveal healthy skin.
To learn more contact North Coast Veterinary Specialist at 3375 Blackmore Road in Perry, Ohio 44081 or call 440 259 0063.