Our comprehensive cancer treatment facility at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers radiation therapy for animals with cancer. Radiation is used as a sole treatment modality, or in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and/or other medical therapies. Treatment recommendations will be made by the veterinary oncology specialists and will depend on the tumor type, the size and extent of the cancer on the tumor location, and on the goals and preferences of the pet owner.Linear Accelerator
Radiation is delivered using a linear accelerator, which is a large x-ray unit that produces a high-energy radiation beam. The linear accelerator at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital is equipped with a multi-leaf collimator that allows the radiation beam to be conformed to the shape of the tumor. The radiation is targeted to the cancer cells, which limits unpleasant side effects by preventing radiation exposure to surrounding normal tissues. The linear accelerator can also produce an electron beam for treatment of superficial tumors. When an electron beam is used, the organs underlying the tumor are spared exposure to radiation. This is another tool that can be used to limit side effects while using radiation to eradicate tumors.
The Radiation Therapy service is part of UGA's veterinary Oncology service.Please note: The following services do NOT require a referral from your regular veterinarian: Emergency/Critical Care, Behavior, Dermatology, Zoological Medicine, the Community Practice Clinic, and all of the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital Large Animal services.