Radiation therapy in veterinary medicine: a practical review

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Abstract / Description of output

Radiotherapy is a treatment modality based on the use of high-energy rays to kill neoplastic cells, and has become an integral therapeutic tool in veterinary medicine. For tumours that are not easily managed with surgery or with chemotherapy, radiotherapy may offer an effective therapeutic modality, even for patients with advanced-stage neoplasia. Novel uses of radiotherapy include rescue therapy for specific benign conditions that are refractory to conventional therapy. Acute and late radiotherapy toxicities depend on the prescribed protocol as well as sensitivity and volume of the normal tissue in or near the radiation field. The potential risks associated with the treatment should be fully discussed with owners before commencing radiotherapy. New hardware and software technology have drastically advanced the ability to precisely target human and companion animal tumours, improving treatment efficacy and safety
Original languageEnglish
JournalUK-VET Companion animal
Early online date7 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Aug 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • acute toxicity
  • definitive radiotherapy
  • external beam radiation therapy
  • imaging-guided radiotherapy
  • intensity modulated radiotherapy
  • late toxicity
  • palliative radiotherapy
  • radiation therapy
  • stereotactic radiation therapy


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