What Makes PetCure Oncology Different?
PetCure Oncology provides quality assurance and expertise equivalent to human-caliber cancer treatment to veterinary cancer treatment. We don’t leave your pet’s health up to chance, and every radiation therapy treatment is overseen and reviewed by two board-certified radiation oncologists.
Every pet’s treatment plan is verified by the same advanced treatment planning software available in human oncology centers 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:
Clinical Excellence – PetCure Oncology has the most experienced team of veterinary oncologists in the country. We work closely with our partner hospital clinical teams and work together with your primary care veterinarian to ensure your pet receives the best possible care through the entire treatment process.
Meet our team of 6 board-certified radiation oncologists
Customer Service – Your pet’s care is our number one priority and we treat you like a member of our family. Our teams know how difficult coordinating cancer care can be, especially if you need to travel. We’re here to help.
Absolute Access – Our goal is to bring advanced cancer treatment to as many pets who need us. We are using new technologies to connect our clinical teams with your doctor 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, we will capture a detailed view of the cancer within your pet’s body 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.