Pet Cancer Survivors, Veterinarians Celebrate New Era in Cancer Care for Pets
Cincinnati, OH – October 10, 2016 – Pet owners in the Tri-State area have a lot to celebrate.
That will be on full display Thursday, October 13, when PetCure Oncology and Care Center celebrate the first anniversary of their partnership with an open house at Care Center’s 24/7 specialty animal hospital. Through this partnership, PetCure Oncology and Care Center have been providing stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to pets throughout the Midwest since August of 2015. Accessibility to this treatment represents a landmark advancement in veterinary oncology, providing pets with access to life-changing technology previously available only for human cancer parents.
The open house will feature a celebration of the pet families that have benefited from SRS. That includes Batavia resident Mack Hussey, whose family was devastated when their recently-adopted family dog, Bindi, was diagnosed with a tumor late in 2014. Surgery and conventional radiation on therapy were deemed too risky. But, after just three sessions of SRS, Bindi achieved remission within three months and continues to live a happy, healthy life more than a year following treatment. Bindi and the other Pet Heroes that will be at Thursday’s event are among nearly 100 pets – from as far as 460 miles away – that have traveled to Cincinnati for SRS treatment over the last year.
At 5:30 p.m., the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance will be on hand for an official 1-year anniversary celebration.
The open house will be a ended by members of the greater Cincinnati veterinary community, many of whom will participate in a series of Oncology Rounds throughout the day to collaborate on how their patients can benefit from SRS technology.
The event will also include an introduction of the latest addition to the radiation oncology team, Dr. Kelsey Pohlmann, who moved back to her hometown of Cincinnati after completing residency training in radiation oncology at the prestigious Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center.
“Cancer accounts for nearly 50 percent of all disease-related pet deaths and is the number one cause of death in older dogs and cats,” said Dr. Pohlmann. “Working for PetCure Oncology at Care Center not only gives me the opportunity to return home, but to expand radiation therapy options for pets with cancer. I am honored to be part of such an exceptional organization and provide leading-edge care to pets and their families in the Tri-State area and beyond.”
“Our ability to successfully care for our patients relies not only on knowledge and experience, but also trust,” said Care Center CEO Doug Ho man, DVM. “This community will grow to know and trust Dr. Pohlmann, and I know she is looking forward to giving back to her hometown. We are honored that someone of her caliber and commitment to excellence shares our vision and has joined our team.”
PetCure Oncology at Care Center is the only location within 400 miles of Cincinnati providing SRS for pets. Historically, treating pets with cancer has been limited to surgery, chemotherapy, and/or conventional radiation therapy. PetCure Oncology has revolutionized the industry by adding SRS to the list of treatment options. For decades, SRS has been proven successful in treating humans with cancer. Now, its availability for pets is providing newfound hope in the fight against cancer for a variety of reasons:
- Administering treatment with the intent to cure cancer, rather than just ease symptoms
- Enabling treatment of some tumors previously considered inoperable – including brain, spine, or prostate
- Delivering radiation with sub-millimeter precision in a noninvasive and nonsurgical manner
- Minimizing the risks and side effects commonly associated with conventional radiation therapy
- Requiring only 1-3 treatment sessions as opposed to 15-21 with conventional radiation therapy
About Care Center
Care Center is a dual AAHA-accredited animal hospital offering 24/7 emergency/critical care and specialty services by board-certified veterinarians, with locations in Cincinnati and Dayton. For additional information, visit CareCenterVets.com or call 513.530-0911.
Media Contact: Stephanie Serraino | PR & Marketing Director | Care Center
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