What Makes PetCure Oncology Different?
PetCure Oncology works with the most experienced team of veterinary radiation oncologists in the world and leading veterinary specialty centers across the United States. Together, the national network works collaboratively across platforms and time zones to ensure every single pet receives the best treatment possible.
Best-in-class protocols are in place to provide quality assurance and expertise equivalent to human-caliber cancer treatment for veterinary cancer patients. We don’t leave your pet’s health up to chance, and every radiation therapy treatment is overseen and reviewed by two PetCure-affiliated board-certified radiation oncologists.
Every pet’s treatment plan is verified by advanced treatment planning software and is tested through a validation platform to ensure precise delivery for your dog or cat. We focus on three main aspects of care to bring you the best treatment options for your pet:
The PetCure Oncology national network is driven by veterinary specialists with years of experience in both clinical treatment and clinical research. These PetCure Radiation Oncology Specialists – also known as PROS – work closely with our affiliated hospitals and collaborate with your primary care veterinarian to ensure your pet receives the best possible care throughout the entire treatment process.
- Neal Mauldin, DVM, DACVIM (IM & O), DACVR (RO), Chief Medical Officer
- Eric Boshoven, DVM, DACVR (RO)
- Tracy LaDue, DVM, DACVIM (Onc), DACVR (RO)
- Karri Meleo, DVM, DACVIM (Onc), DACVR (RO)
- Kelsey Pohlmann, DVM, DACVR (RO)
- Glenna Mauldin, DVM, DACVIM (Onc), DACVN
- Renee Al-Sarraf, DVM, DACVIM (Onc)
- Rick Chetney, DVM, DACVR (RO)
- Matt Arkans, VMD, DACVR (RO)
- Michelle Morges, DVM, DACVIM (Onc)
We care not only for pet patients, but also for the humans who love them. We understand that the cancer treatment journey impacts the entire pet family and our teams know how difficult coordinating cancer care can be. We’re here to help with clinical care, emotional support, and coordination of all the logistics you may be managing.
Bottom line, we’re here for you.
Our goal is to bring advanced cancer treatment to every corner of the country. We are using new technologies to connect our clinical teams with both doctors and pet families to answer questions, share case studies and ensure you have access to the most advanced radiation therapy available to pets. Want to connect your vet with one of our radiation oncologists? Give us a call!
First, a detailed view of the cancer within your pet’s body will be captured through advanced imaging. This will likely involve a CT (computed tomography) scan to obtain images of your pet’s tumor. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan may also be performed for brain tumors. These images are converted into a custom three-dimensional model of your pet’s internal anatomy.
Then, using a powerful computer program, a treatment plan will be created based on tumor size, shape and location. The proper radiation dose will be calculated, including the number of treatment sessions your pet will need (between one and three).
Once the treatment plan is developed, the first treatment begins. The radiation is delivered by a machine called a linear accelerator, which generates precise, narrow beams of radiation that target a tumor with minimal damage to nearby healthy tissue.
Treatment times vary depending on tumor size, location and number of tumors. On average, treatments last 15 to 20 minutes but for difficult cases may take up to an hour. We’ll do our best to provide an estimate prior to the start of treatment.
Because your pet must lie completely still during treatment, anesthesia is administered before each treatment session and during the initial treatment planning.