OUR RADIOTHERAPY FACILITY IS UP AND RUNNING
The first patients are now benefitting from the newly installed Linear accelerator. Our Therapeutic Radiographer has adapted well to the fact our patients are hairier and smaller than the human patients she is used to treating in the NHS.
Below are a few things for you to know about radiotherapy:
- It’s a ‘local’ treatment which is targeted at an area of tissue containing cancerous cells so it will not cure tumours for which there is a high risk of spread
- It works best mostly when there is microscopic disease (the pathologist tells you there is cancer left behind but you/we cannot see it)
- The surgical scar needs to have healed before we can start radiotherapy
- We need to know where the tumour was exactly to plan accurately where to deliver the dose(digital photos would be very helpful-with anatomical landmarks clearly delineated)
- The side effects are usually minor and manageable but do include hairloss over the site and hair regrows in white
- Clients sometimes ask if their animal will be radioactive afterwards –they won’t be. As soon as the machine is switched off there is no radiation around.
If you think you have case suitable for radiotherapy is usually best to talk to usbefore surgery as there are a few surgical ‘do and don’ts’ to be aware of.