Medical Oncology VRC features dedicated chemotherapy suites to ensure safe and controlled administration of chemotherapeutic agents. Chemotherapy may be indicated for treating your pet’s cancer—either alone or in combination with other modalities, such as surgery or radiation therapy. While animals can experience side effects from chemotherapy, they are typically less severe than those experienced by humans. As with any procedure, our doctors review the risks and benefits of chemotherapy with pet owners and work closely with referring veterinarians to monitor and manage any side effects.
Radiation Oncology VRC is one of a few veterinary hospitals in the country to offer the state of the art Varian Halcyon linear accelerator and Eclipse treatment planning system. The Halcyon’s capabilities include Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), Volumetric arc therapy (VMAT), Stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT), and Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).
This advanced equipment enables us to address cancers previously thought to be untreatable by delivering high radiation doses directly to the cancer cells, thus sparing normal surrounding tissues. For some localized tumors, it offers a potential cure. In cases where pets have other life-limiting diseases or a cure is not possible, a lower overall dose of radiation therapy can be given to reduce pain, shrink the tumor, or slow its growth. This is called palliative radiation therapy.
To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding radiation oncology at VRC, click HERE.