Radiosurgery: personalized cancer treatment

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: October 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves
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High-tech equipment plus a unique collaboration among veterinarians and physicians add up to a potent cancer therapy offered at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital. A machine called a linear accelerator … LINAC for short … allows providers to target tumors and deliver a single, powerful dose of high-energy radiation. Called stereotactic radiosurgery, this type of “Star Wars” hit on cancer cells is the strongest weapon in the arsenal of veterinary radiation therapy.

The LINAC delivers precise doses of radiation tailored for each patient. Animals with terminal cancer can benefit from the therapy, too, which may cut pain by blasting tumors.

Whether the goal is a cure or just a bit of pain relief, the LINAC offers veterinarians a powerful tool for treating pets with many types of cancer … right here on earth.