I was so happy you saved his life I did the crazy happy dance.
Radiation therapy is the use of high energy beams of radiation to treat tumors. It is used to treat a variety of cancers including tumors of the skin, nose, brain, mouth, bones and gastrointestinal tumors. Our radiation oncologist has extensive training and experience using radiation therapy alone to treat tumors, or in combination with chemotherapy or other immunotherapy to induce a greater tumor response. We utilize advanced imaging modalities including CT and MRI which will help to visualize the tumor and its surrounding anatomy as well as state-of-the-art 3 dimensional treatment planning equipment. Patients are treated with a linear accelerator which produces and focuses a beam of radiation precisely where the tumor is located.
At Hope, we are excited to partner with the Veterinary CyberKnife Cancer Center in order to bring the highest level of cancer care to our patients. The Veterinary CyberKnife Cancer Center (VC3) is located adjacent to Hope Veterinary Specialists at 50 Three Tun Rd. CyberKnife stereotactic radiation therapy is a non-invasive way to deliver radiation to tumors with sub-millimeter accuracy, enabling treatment with greater precision than traditional linear accelerators and IMRT machines. It utilizes a robotic arm to deliver the entire therapeutic dose to an animal in 1-3 treatments, compared to conventional radiation therapy, which can employ up to 20 treatments. The robotic arm allows movement around the animal in order to target a tumor and spare normal surrounding tissue. This not only allows the treatment to be delivered in a shorter time, but also decreases side effects to an almost unrecognizable level. In addition, no rigid immobilization is required, which sets CyberKnife apart from conventional linear accelerator based therapy. CyberKnife technology also allows us to treat tumors, such as lung or liver tumors, that haven’t historically been treated with radiation. The end result is a more precise treatment, a significantly reduced number of anesthetic episodes, fewer visits to the hospital and a better quality of life for our patients and clients. To find out more about this therapy, please visit www.vetcyberknife.com