Radiation Oncology Treatment Regimens

During the initial consult with radiation oncology, our clinician will review your pet’s case and advise whether a form of radiation therapy is appropriate for your pet’s particular cancer. If so, the treatment options that will be most beneficial to the patient's condition will be discussed.

Depending on the type, location and stage of the tumor, this may include one of the following forms of radiation therapy, either alone or in combination with another form of treatment:

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)

Thanks to a new partnership with PetCure Oncology, PVSEC is proud to be one of just a handful of specialty practices around the country offering stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for pets. SRS is an advanced form of radiation therapy that has been a standard of care in human oncology for decades but has just recently become available for pets. It is a noninvasive therapy that utilizes unprecedented precision to deliver high-dose radiation directly to a tumor while primarily sparing the surrounding healthy anatomy. The result is increased effectiveness and efficiency, offering a full course of treatment in just 1-3 sessions while optimizing the ability to achieve both long-term survival and increased quality of life. Additional benefits to the patient include a maximum of just four anesthetic events and minimal side effects.

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Conventional Radiation Therapy (RT)

Conventional RT uses targeted radiation to shrink or destroy cancers, including those that cannot be safely or completely removed by surgery alone. It can be utilized in conjunction with chemotherapy, following surgery, or as the sole treatment in cases where SRS is not an option. Conventional RT is typically administered daily in 12-20 treatment sessions over 3-4 weeks.

Palliative Care

Palliative treatment, which is intended to increase a pet’s comfort and quality of life, is also available. This option is especially useful when treatment options with the intent to cure, such as SRS or surgery, are not viable. Palliative treatments are typically delivered once per week over 3-6 weeks with the goal of relieving symptoms such as pain, bleeding and decreased mobility.