Low-Dose Radiation Treatment for Benign (Non-Cancerous) Chronic 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 during the study period. Low-dose radiation offers hope where medical management has been ineffective, and may prevent the need for surgery.

Similar studies in Europe involving humans and dogs 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.

Researchers are finding that low-dose radiation is offering hope for benign inflammatory conditions where other treatments have fallen short.

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.

Radiation Therapy for Additional Chronic Conditions

The therapeutic benefits of low-dose radiation may extend beyond feline cystitis and osteoarthritis, showing promise for other chronic inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory rhinitis and stomatitis. These conditions are characterized by the activation of immune cells in the local environment and may similarly benefit from the targeted and neutralizing action of low-dose radiation therapy (such as synovium of the joint).

Data on the use of low-dose radiation specifically for the treatment of rhinitis and stomatitis is still in the early stages. However, the underlying similarities in pathology and other conditions successfully treated with radiation therapy provide a promising foundation for future research and application. This approach is particularly compelling given the extremely well-tolerated nature of low-dose radiation, which presents minimal toxicity and thus very small risks compared to the potential upside/benefits for patients suffering from these chronic conditions.

Treatment Process For Benign (Non-Cancerous) Conditions

Whether it’s treatment for feline cystitis, osteoarthritis, rhinitis, or stomatitis, our treatment process for chronic benign 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 anticipated and results typically last around one year. If symptoms do reoccur, the low-dose radiation can be safely repeated.

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