Jake started radiation. As quickly as he starts it, it will be over. He only has to do three days. To be honest, I’m much more concerned (at this point) about him being under anesthesia three days in a row. I can worry about the side effects of radiation after that. The Oncology Service knows what they are doing. I dropped him off and his dedicated tech came out to get him. When I picked him up, he was carried out to the car with his belongings. It’s an awesome practice and I have complete faith in them. Since Jake has MRSP, he’s in a more secluded area which all know works out just fine. No wonky lunging at other cancer patients!
Jake is having a relatively new form of radiation available to pets called, Stereotactic radiation (SRT). This radiation benefits Jake (personally) in two ways. 1. The protocoled radiation treatment for Jake’s cancer is 20 days of consecutive radiation (and anesthesia). That much anesthesia felt worrisome to me (and his medical team) since he is smooshy faced and has breathing issues. He is getting almost the same amount of radiation benefit in just 3 days. 2. Fewer side effects (hopefully). If you are at all interested, here is a blurb about it (copy credit to The Veterinary Cancer Center). If you are not interested (we forgive you!) you can skip down.
Stereotactic radiation (SRT) and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) are becoming more readily available for animals. In the past, traditional radiation therapy to treat cancer in pets would usually result in significant side effects and many owners would decide not to pursue treatment because of this. IMRT and SRT are changing the way that we are able to treat cancer in pets, and they have great potential to improve both your pet’s quality and quantity of life.