SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Sydney Benter) - A technology that's been used for years to treat cancer in humans is now available to treat pets in the Tri-State.
An animal hospital in Sycamore Township is partnering with PetCure Oncology to offer stereotactic radiosurgery (SRT). Care Center is one of only a few facilities in the country offering the therapy.
"The benefit of stereotactic radiosurgery is you take a very high dose of radiation and you put it at sub-millimeter accuracy so you're trying to treat only the tumor," said Dr. Doug Hoffman, CEO of Care Center.
With traditional radiation, patients required 18-21 treatments and the side effects weren't pleasant. SRT offers a more precise approach that attacks just the tumor and spares the healthy tissue surrounding it. Patients are usually finished with the therapy after 1-3 treatments.
"The anesthesia is the most crucial. They have to be anesthetized every time, so if they can do it one and out the door, yeah, it is going to revolutionize and it has been around on the human side for many years, so for it to come to the veterinary world is, yeah, it's great," said Kelli Sloane who works at Care Center on behalf of PetCure Oncology.
Mac Hussey found out about the therapy after his dog Bindy was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. She had a mast cell tumor on her snout that was nearly impossible to surgically remove. Hoffman said Bindy was a perfect candidate for SRT. She had one treatment and is now cancer free.
"She's my dog. In our house dogs are part of the family and they're not expendable," said Hussey.
"It's a really exciting thing. I mean, we're basically changing how cancer is treated. The thoughts before were we're just trying to control something. We're now looking at something that maybe we can cure it," said Hoffman.
The possibility of a cure comes at a cost: about $9,000 when all is said and done. Traditional radiation therapy costs between $5,500 and $6,500 at Care Center. For Hussey, you can't put a price on man's best friend.
"Would not have changed a thing. Took one less vacation, but would not have changed a thing!"
For more information about SRT, CLICK HERE to visit Care Center's website.
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