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Low-Dose Radiation Treatment for Non-Cancerous Conditions

The Latest Breakthrough: Low-Dose Radiation Treatment

Researchers have made promising strides in the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions like feline cystitis and osteoarthritis. A recent study focused on cystitis in cats at North Carolina State University has yielded especially promising results. Cats treated with low-dose radiation experienced significant relief from cystitis-related symptoms, with most cats never having another episode post-treatment.

Similar studies in Europe involving humans and dogs with osteoarthritis have yielded comparable results, suggesting a similar mechanism of action. Low-dose radiation has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation and pain in osteoarthritis patients.

Radiation Therapy for Cats with Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Radiation therapy is a game-changer for cats and their owners. Traditionally, feline cystitis was treated with conventional medicine like antibiotics which didn’t always work and often resulted in the condition recurring, causing both the cat and owner much pain and frustration. Now, radiation therapy offers a safe and effective way to treat feline cystitis in a much more durable way.

Diagnostics Required Prior to Treatment of Cystitis

Before considering radiation, patients should have already completed a minimal diagnostic work-up of the following:
  • Recent urine culture ruling out a bacterial component
  • Ultrasound of the urinary tract or with advanced imaging
  • Documented failure to respond to medical management

Once a work-up has been completed, veterinarians can recommend their patients reach out to us for a consultation.

Radiation Therapy for Osteoarthritis in Dogs and Cats

Numerous studies in Europe have shown the benefits of low-dose radiation on patients with osteoarthritis. Studies involving both dogs and humans with osteoarthritis have yielded comparable results. Low-dose radiation, sharing the same anti-inflammatory mechanism of action, significantly reduces inflammation and pain in osteoarthritis patients and is now available through PetCure Oncology.

Diagnostics Required Prior to Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Prior to treating a dog or cat with osteoarthritis, patients should have:

  • An appropriate diagnostic work-up
  • Documented failure to respond to medical management

Once it has been determined that the patient has not responded to medical management, a radiation therapy consultation may be appropriate.

Treatment Process For Non-Cancerous Conditions

Whether it’s treatment for feline cystitis or osteoarthritis, our treatment process for chronic non-cancerous conditions is similar. Our treatment process begins with the patient undergoing anesthesia, followed by a single, safe dose of radiation at 6 gray (far below that which is used to treat cancer). With such a small dose of radiation, negative side effects are not expected and results typically last around one year. If symptoms do reoccur, the low-dose radiation can be safely repeated.

How to Arrange Treatment

We recommend having your patients start with a telehealth visit or consultation with one of our radiation oncologists, which can be scheduled through our pet advocate team. In-person consultations can be scheduled at one of PetCure Oncology’s eight locations nationwide, while telehealth visits can be done remotely. Our telehealth option is a convenient way to meet with a radiation oncologist without sacrificing on quality of care. It’s perfect for those who aren’t near one of our locations or for our more shy patients who would prefer the comfort of being at home.

Have your patient schedule a consultation by calling 833-PET-HERO (833-738-4376) for further information.

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