Pet cancer treatment is rapidly advancing. To provide the best possible care and stay on the leading edge of these developments, SCVSEC has partnered with PetCure Oncology to bring the latest in radiation therapy to our comprehensive cancer care services.
Through this partnership, SCVSEC’s oncology unit – a 2,700-square-foot-facility – is the second veterinary practice in the world to upgrade to the HalcyonTM treatment system for radiation therapy, and the first in South Carolina to provide stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to pets.
Together, our compassionate and board-certified specialists will work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your pet, and determine if radiation therapy is the right choice.
SCVSEC’s comprehensive cancer care includes a full slate of medical oncology services in addition to the radiation oncology options below.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
SRS, a leading treatment option in human cancer care, is now available for pets. The noninvasive therapy is typically delivered with the intent to cure the cancer, as opposed to merely easing its symptoms. SRS can be utilized to target any identifiable tumor, delivering high doses of radiation with unprecedented precision to maximize impact on cancerous tissue while minimizing contact with the surrounding healthy tissue.
In addition to significantly reducing side effects, the sub-millimeter precision enables the treatment of some cancers previously considered “untreatable” based on their delicate location within the body (brain, spine, lung, etc.).
An entire SRS treatment course is completed in only 1-3 treatment sessions that can be delivered on consecutive days, reducing treatment sessions and anesthetic events by 80-95 percent. This further increases safety for the patient and convenience for the pet owner.
Conventional Radiation Therapy (RT)
RT uses radiation to shrink or destroy cancers, including those that cannot be safely or completely removed by surgery alone. It can be utilized in conjunction with chemotherapy, following surgery, or as the sole treatment in cases where SRS is not an option. It is typically administered in 15-21 treatment sessions over 3-4 weeks.
Palliative treatment, which is intended to alleviate pain, is also available. Palliative care can be used to increase a pet’s comfort and quality of life. Care is typically delivered in weekly treatments over 3-6 weeks, the goal is to relieve symptoms such as pain, bleeding and decreased mobility.
Radiation Oncology Team
Our care team is led by PetCure Oncology Chief Medical Officer Dr. Neal Mauldin, a triple-board certified specialist and a leading expert in veterinary radiation oncology, as well as Dr. Sara Fritz and Dr. Becky Brown, SCVSEC’s medical oncologists. Dr. Fritz and Dr. Brown, along with the rest of the SCVSEC clinical team will also have access to the PetCure Radiation Oncology Specialists (PROS) team of board-certified radiation oncologists. All treatment plans are created and reviewed by at least two members of PROS or the Scientific Advisory Board, regardless of where the patient is undergoing treatment. PROS clinicians also work hand-in-hand with the Scientific Advisory Board as members of its Clinical Protocols Committee.