SAGE oncologists treat cancer using different modalities. They start with a systemic evaluation of your pet and decide on the best treatment plan, which may include chemotherapy, cryotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, or a combination of methods. Our goal is to provide you with a range of therapies to best meet your needs and the needs of your pet.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
SAGE is proud to be one of a few specialty practices around the country offering stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for pets. We have partnered with Dr. Lauren Askin Quarterman and PetCure Oncology to deliver these treatments, and other traditional forms of radiation therapy.
While the name has “surgery” in it, SRS refers to precise targeting of the tumor with radiotherapy; neither the patient nor the tumor undergoes surgery using this modality. It has been a standard of care in human oncology for decades, but has just recently become available for pets.
An entire SRS treatment course is delivered in just 1 to 3 treatments. SRS can be used to treat tumors in complex or delicate locations such as the brain, spine, or lungs, previously deemed a challenge to treat with standard radiation therapy.
Comprehensive Cancer Care Also Includes These Forms of Radiation Therapy:
Conventionally Fractionated Radiation Therapy (CFRT) uses targeted radiation to shrink or destroy cancers, including those that cannot be safely or completely removed by surgery alone. While SRS involves a fewer number of high-dose treatments, CFRT consists of multiple low-dose treatments spread out over a longer period of time. It can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy, following surgery, or as the sole treatment in cases where SRS is not an option. CFRT is typically administered daily in 16 to 20 treatment sessions over 3 to 4 weeks.
Palliative radiation therapy is intended to increase a pet’s comfort and quality of life, often when local tumor control is deemed unlikely. This option is especially useful when treatment options with the intent to cure, such as SRS or surgery, are not viable. Palliative treatments are typically delivered in 4 to 6 doses of radiation given in a 1 to 4 week timeframe with the goal of relieving symptoms such as pain, bleeding, and decreased mobility.
Other Cancer Treatments
Chemotherapy is used to treat systemic cancers (cancers that involve the whole body) such as lymphoma. It can also be used to delay or prevent metastasis, or delay/prevent regrowth of a tumor that was removed. There are many different chemotherapy protocols (treatment regimens) depending on the cancer type.
Veterinarians may also recommend electrochemotherapy (ECT), which combines electroporation (delivery of electric pulses to cells to increase pores in the cell membrane) and chemotherapy. If there is chemotherapy in the area of the cell, the chemotherapy can penetrate the cell membrane and enter the tumor cell more readily to help combat tumor growth.
SAGE oncologists are focused on providing outstanding patient care. They also participate in clinical trials designed to find new treatments for cancer.
SAGE oncologists also collaborate with veterinary schools for both teaching and research purposes, and are involved in education within our community of veterinarians and pet owners. SAGE doctors have kept abreast of the latest treatments to provide comprehensive and up-to-date options for your pet.