Jeff Feinman VMD, CVH  — Weston, Connecticut  — Call: 203.222.7979

Homeopathic veterinary articles, guide to homeopathic pet care by Dr Jeff Feinman

 

How does radiation therapy work?

 

 

Radiation, when used at energies that are a thousand times the energies used to produce a chest X-ray, can kill cells. Both normal and cancer cells are affected, but radiation treatment is intended and designed to maximize tumor effect and minimize normal tissue effect. Maximizing tumor effect is one reason that radiation treatments are given as a series of many small doses, rather than a few large doses.

What are the benefits of radiation therapy and when is it used?

 

Radiation therapy is used to treat localized disease. It can be used in the management of cancers that cannot be treated successfully by surgery or chemotherapy alone. Typically, it is employed following surgery when there are tumor cells remaining after excision, either because of the biology of that cancer and the nature of its growth, or because complete surgical removal would involve a very extensive procedure involving vital structures. In some instances, radiation therapy may be employed before surgery or chemotherapy in an attempt to shrink a tumor down to a more manageable size. Radiation therapy can offer, in some instances, permanent control of a tumor.

Even when a cure is not possible, radiation therapy can still bring some relief. Shrinking a large tumor with radiation therapy may improve a pet's quality of life by reducing pressure, bleeding, or pain. This is called palliative treatment.

 

Learn more about the use of radiation therapy for treating cancer in pets:

Monday, 28 November 2011 20:43

Are Mast Cell Tumors Common In Dogs?

Mast cell tumors (MCT) in dogs are very common, accounting for approximately 20% of all skin tumors in dogs. For most dogs, the underlying cause promoting the development of the tumor is not known.

Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:43

How Can I Tell If My Pet Has Fleas and Ticks?

Tell Me More About Fleas and Ticks on My Dogs and Cats.

Published in Skin & Ear Care

Adverse reactions to food are difficult to differentiate from "atopy" in the dog because presenting symptoms are typically identical for both conditions.

Sunday, 06 March 2011 23:06

More About Controlling Fleas Naturally

 

Today, spot-on flea products are advertised in every sort of media available to animal guardians and veterinarians, and are touted as safe and effective.

Published in Skin & Ear Care
 
 

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