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At VCA Aurora, we understand how stressful it is when your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, and you are suddenly confronted with decisions you will need to make with respect to your pets health care. When considering all of the courses of action you can take for your pet, one important option is radiation therapy, depending upon the type of cancer. As in treatment for human cancers, radiation therapy has been found to be one of the most effective tools used to combat the disease. At VCA Aurora, we use the Halcyon 3D Radiotherapy System in conjunction with a computerized treatment planning system to provide precise, individualized radiation therapy that conforms to the exact needs of each patient.

How Is Radiation Therapy Administered? We are proud to treat our patients using the Halcyon 3D Radiotherapy System 

Halcyon 3D technology—the future of radiation therapy—provides our cancer patients with the enhanced effectiveness of higher dose delivery with fewer side effects. With advanced 3D image guidance, a precise scan of your pet’s body allows the Halcyon to computer-target even complex lesions with a powerful beam for the minimum length of time required — up to 4 times faster than other radiation systems. The precision beam minimizes surrounding tissue damage for less pain and faster recovery time. This revolutionary technology also allows us to reduce the number of treatment sessions, and lessen the risk associated with anesthesia.

When Is Radiation Therapy Used?

Radiation therapy is used for tumors that have not spread to other areas of the body; sometimes it can result in a cure for these localized tumors. Radiation therapy is used to treat cancers that are not affected by chemotherapy. Radiation can be used to shrink tumors prior surgery. It can also be employed after surgery to ensure that any remaining cancer cells are destroyed.

What Kinds of Cancers Respond Well to Radiation Therapy?

Oral tumors
Tumors within the nasal cavity
Brain tumors
Small skin tumors
Lymphoma (palliation)
Osteosarcoma (palliation)

How Long Does Radiation Treatment Take?

The course of your pet's radiation therapy will depend on the particular cancer, the health of your pet, and the treatment plan that your veterinary team has developed. In general, radiation therapy is given in a series of 15 to 20 daily treatments spanning over a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Each treatment typically lasts from 5 to 15 minutes. With anesthesia recovery time, your pet will be at the hospital for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. No matter what the schedule, you can be sure it has been carefully planned by a veterinarian who specializes in radiation therapy, also known as the radiation oncologist. In most cases, radiation treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Services Offered in Radiation Oncology:
Hematology analyzer
In-house STAT laboratory
Cancer Staging
Palliative treatment of cancer pain
Advanced anesthetic monitoring

Our Radiation Oncology Team

Our Radiation Oncology Services

Radiation Oncology Overview

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