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Clinical Lung Trial Information Sheet:
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) for the Treatment of Primary Lung Tumors in Dogs


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Study Summary: PetCure Oncology is currently recruiting patients for a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for the treatment of lung tumors in dogs.


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How to Enroll: Fill out the enrollment form below or download our printable enrollment form.


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Additional Information:Interested in learning more about the trial? Email our Clinical Trials Coordinator, Brandy Banks, at ClinicalTrials@PetCureOncology.com.


Hypothesis: Dogs with primary lung tumors can be safely and effectively treated with image-guided SRS.

Terms of the Study

PetCure Oncology is interested in better defining the role of SRS for the treatment of dogs with lung tumors. While this form of therapy is already being used to treat veterinary patients with lung cancer, there are no controlled, prospective studies in the veterinary literature that are designed to truly define the risks and benefits of this kind of radiation therapy for tumors of the canine lung. In order to encourage participation in the study, PetCure Oncology will:

  1. Provide an SRS video consult free of charge
  2. Provide a subsidy of up to $5,250 towards SRS/SRT treatment course (varies by center)
  3. Provide the two-week checkup free of charge
  4. Provide the 3- and 12-month follow-up CT free of charge

Eligibility Criteria

Any dog diagnosed with a primary lung tumor is potentially eligible for study entry. Candidates must also meet all of the following requirements:

  1. A clinical diagnosis of cancer (may be waived if cancer is strongly suspected but tumor location is inaccessible)
  2. Complete reference lab bloodwork is available and less than two weeks old
  3. A diagnostic CT scan of the thorax has been performed (evidence of the spread of cancer is exclusionary for this study, but alternative treatment paths may be available)
  4. The patient has no additional significant health concerns that would impact their ability to tolerate/survive multiple anesthetic events
  5. Caregivers are required to sign informed consent that they understand this is an ongoing clinical study to better define the role of SRS in the treatment of primary lung tumors in dogs
  6. Caregivers are required to follow the prescribed follow-up procedure, including repeat CT scans at 3 and 12 months post-treatment and an autopsy at PetCure’s expense for any patient that dies following enrollment in the study

Background and Rationale

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. The radiation is intended to damage the DNA of the cancer cells beyond repair so that they stop dividing or die. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is an advanced form of radiation therapy that delivers high-dose radiation with sub-millimeter precision, enabling precise targeting of a tumor with minimal collateral damage to nearby healthy tissue.

SRS has been used to successfully treat lung tumors in humans.1–7 Studies have revealed that SRS is well-tolerated by the patient, results in minimal complications or side effects, maintains or improves quality of life, and results in equivalent survival times when compared to surgery for patients with operable tumors.1–4,6 Additionally, the morbidity and mortality rate during treatment, or shortly before or after treatment, is lower for the SRS-treated patients than for those treated surgically.

Study Design

This is a single-arm prospective study. Eligible patients will be treated with a metric-driven protocol consistent with the quality assurance practices of PetCure Oncology and PetCure’s Scientific Advisory Board. The protocol has been developed with the guidance of the Scientific Advisory Board, a body of independent experts created by PetCure Oncology in order to ensure an objective, science-driven and collaborative approach.

Contact Information

If you have questions about enrollment criteria or would like to enroll your pet in the study, contact:

Brandy Banks, R.T. (R)(T)
Radiation Therapist
Clinical Trials Coordinator, PetCure Oncology



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