To decrease the size of the tumor and/or alleviate the discomfort associated with the tumor. This usually results in a comfortable and significantly increased comfortable lifespan and better quality of life over what would be obtained without treatment. Paraneoplastic Syndromes Effects on the body of an animal caused by the tumor but not due to the physical presence of the tumor. These effects are usually due to substances secreted by the tumor and include effects such as hypercalcemia, anemia, decreased appetite and weight loss.
The use of radiation therapy in an attempt to decrease symptoms such as pain, bleeding or other dysfunctions. This sometimes results in the prolongation of life, but the main goal is to improve the quality of life.