MALVERN, Pa.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Veterinary CyberKnife Cancer Center, a privately owned advanced radiation treatment center for veterinary use, today announced the addition of a Varian Linear Accelerator to complement the CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgical system.
“The addition of the linear accelerator will mean that we now have the ability to use Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Radiation Therapy, Multi-energy Electron Therapy as well as On-board Imaging and Cone Beam CT. We will be one of the few hospitals in the US to be able to offer a full complement of radiation capabilities, and the only one to offer a veterinary-dedicated CyberKnife,” said VC3 Medical Director Dr. Siobhan Haney, VMD, MS, DACVR (RO), MBA. The linear accelerator will be used to treat tumors of the head and neck, incompletely excised skin tumors as well as tumors of the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts, among others.
The Varian linear accelerator will complement the unique capabilities of the CyberKnife, which provides the ability to perform Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). SRS includes the precise delivery of high-powered radiation beams to a tumor with sub-millimeter accuracy. SRS also causes far less damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs. Ultimately, this means significantly fewer side effects and a rapid return to normal activities for a patient. . The CyberKnife also allows our team to deliver definitive radiation in 1 to 3 treatments versus 17 to 20 treatments that may be required using other types of treatments
As well as the installation of the Varian linear accelerator, VC3 is also expanding its team of compassionate experts with the addition of Dr. Cassie Wilcox. Dr. Wilcox completed her residency in radiation oncology at UC Davis and brings a new level of skill to the team. VC3 will now have 2 full-time radiation oncologists on staff, making the center the only private practice on the East Coast to offer such comprehensive availability. “The Veterinary CyberKnife Cancer Center now offers the best options available for pets with cancer in need of radiation therapy. Together with our board-certified Radiation Oncologists, Anesthesiologist, highly experienced nursing staff and the finest technology available, we will continue to make a meaningful impact on the treatment of cancer in the veterinary field,” said Chris Popper, President & CEO, Veterinary CyberKnife Cancer Center.