The radiation facility provided by the Foundation at BVSC – The Animal Hospital is the only dedicated Linear Accelerator for animals in the southern hemisphere.
The radiation facility provided by the Foundation at BVSC – The Animal Hospital is the only dedicated Linear Accelerator for animals in the southern hemisphere. Radiation therapy is of benefit as a primary and adjunctive therapy and produces significantly prolonged remissions in comparison to the use of one treatment modality alone. Prior to the availability of radiation treatment, surgery was the only option for many companion animals with solid malignancies. Our radiation team is made up of the only Veterinary Radiation oncologist in Australia as well as Radiation therapists trained in treating human patients with cancer using radiation. Our team of engineers and a Radiation Physicist ensure tolerances in dose delivery are equal to or better than for machines in clinical use for humans. We use sophisticated computer software to allow our CT scanner data to be used to simulate and provide three-dimensional radiation planning just as is done for humans with cancer undergoing radiation therapy. Our doses are accurately calculated and delivered to strict target volumes sparing normal susceptible tissues.
Dogs and cats are sometimes treated with chemotherapy, and often exactly the same drugs as used to treat people with cancer. Forms of chemotherapy delivery vary and may include injection into muscles or under the skin and sometimes into body cavities or the tumours themselves, orally taken pills or capsules, or given intravenously sometimes even directed into the arteries supplying the tumour by a technique known as interventional radiography.
Surgery is used in animal cancer management to control or eliminate the local cancer and to improve the patient's quality of life. Surgical removal of localised cancer in companion animals cures more cancer patients than any other form of treatment. Special surgical techniques and guidelines have been developed and The Foundation supports research into innovative and promising surgery research such as 3D printed devices and endo-prostheses, light directed surgery, sentinel node detection and other new protocols on the horizon. Our surgeons are members of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology.