FAQ's: Chemotherapy Rescue Protocols


What’s a rescue protocol?

A rescue protocol is just a name for using a different combination of chemotherapy drugs when and if your dog stops responding to the first protocol (treatment plan) used.  Since cancer cells tend to adapt and become resistant to certain drugs after a while, a new combination of drugs can often help your dog get back into remission.  An example of a commonly used rescue drug for treating lymphoma is CCNU or lomustine.

Rescue protocols can often be effective in inducing another remission although second or third remissions are generally not as long-lasting as the first remission.

This website is not intended to replace the advice of a veterinary professional, and is for informational purposes only.   Please seek the advice of your veterinarian or a veterinary specialist before giving your dog any supplements or pursuing any alternative cancer therapies. 

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