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New cancer therapy appeals to pet owners

April 03rd, 2018

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is now offering a new treatment option for pets with certain types of cancer. Veterinary oncologists Dr. Monique Mayer and Dr. Jerome Gagnon, along with their team, are studying stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a treatment choice for dogs with soft tissue sarcomas, a specific type of tumour commonly found on the …

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Study tracks impact of palliative radiation

Cancer. It’s a diagnosis no one wants to hear. Unfortunately, nearly 50 per cent of dogs and 33 per cent of cats are diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In the past decade, veterinary researchers have made many advances in cancer therapy for companion animals, and it’s becoming more common for pets to receive treatment. During the …

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Radiation therapy technologist Rachel Bloomfield. Photos: Christina Weese.

Linear accelerator condenses therapy

Radiation therapy used to mean that a pet diagnosed with cancer had to undergo 15 to 20 radiation treatments over several weeks at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) radiation oncology service. Things changed in February 2014. That’s when the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre became one of only four Canadian locations to offer advanced radiation therapy techniques using a …

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