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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Gained Life Expectancy Definition

Gained Life Expectancy: How long do we expect a dog to live if he does not get treatment for his cancer? How long do we expect him to live if he does? The difference between those two numbers is the “gained life expectancy” of that treatment. For example, if we expect that a dog has two months to live, but with treatment could live six months, the gained life expectancy is four months. Knowing the gained life expectancy can be helpful when making treatment plan choices.

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