Help, my pet has cancer
When your dog or cat gets that heartbreaking cancer diagnosis, it creates a lot of uncertainty, fear and stress. We know how you feel—and we’re here to help. At PetCure Oncology, we believe that the more you know about pet cancer care options and what to expect from treatment, the better it is for you, your family and your pet.
Hope starts here
The first step is a consultation with one of our partner specialty hospitals.
Typically, an initial consult will include a general physical with a veterinarian and a confirmation of the cancer diagnosis. A specialist will determine the type, size, location and stage of the cancer, which may involve additional testing such as a CT scan or biopsy. Working together, with a clear understanding of your pet’s cancer, we will present the full range of treatment options and help you make an informed decision.
If stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is chosen, here is a general guide to what you can expect:
What to expect during SRS/SRT treatment
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.
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