How Type B for Balance Treats Dog Cancer | Molly Jacobson Deep Dive

When your dog is diagnosed with cancer, you have lots of information to process and lots of decisions to make. What is the prognosis? Can the tumor be removed with surgery? Will chemotherapy or radiation help to extend your dog’s life, and are they worth the cost, both financially, physically and emotionally? And how are you going to pay for this?

According to Dr. Demian Dressler’s Dog Cancer Coping Guide, dog lovers tend to fall into three personality categories when addressing these concerns and making treatment decisions:

- A for Action
- B for Balance
- C for Comfort

As a Type B owner, you want to balance longevity and quality of life. You are more likely to ask lots of questions about the details and consequences of different treatment options, trying to maximize longevity while still preserving quality of life. Risk tolerance will vary, but Type B owners generally want minimal side effects or really good odds of success.

Molly Jacobson, editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, joins us to help Type B’s think things through.

If you aren’t sure what personality type you are, or if you think you might actually be a Type A or Type C owner, visit to check out the episodes dedicated to those two cancer treatment personality types.

Or Watch These Personality Type Videos:
Your Personality Type:
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Type C for Comfort:

Links & Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show: 
- The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity - See Chapter 22 which includes information on working with your vet.
- The Dog Cancer Coping Guide -

About Today’s Guest, Molly Jacobson: 
Molly Jacobson is a writer. She is also the editor of the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. A lifelong dog lover and self-professed health nerd, she is all too familiar with dog cancer. She has been supporting readers of Dr. Dressler’s website and book since the beginning. Molly earned a BA from Tufts University, and after a career in bookselling and book publishing attended The Swedish Institute to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State.


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Helpful Resources:  
To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide” go to

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