VCA Spanish River Animal Hospital

Radiation Therapy

Our hospital offers Radiation Therapy as part of our Oncology Services. Radiation therapy is often used in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy to provide control or death of a tumor. Radiation is best suited to tumors that have not spread to other areas of the body and it offers a potential cure for some localized tumors. Radiation can also be used to help shrink a non-resectable tumor to improve the quality of life of the pet by reducing pressure, bleeding or pain.

Radiation therapy involves the use of beams of photons, electrons, or gamma rays focused on the tumor. When the beam hits the cancer cell it destroys the ability of the cell to divide and grow. This slows the growth rate and ultimately causes death of the cancer cells and causes the tumor to shrink over time. Radiation can affect both normal cells and cancer cells, but the effect on the cancer cells is more profound and destructive. Although side effects are possible, severe toxicity in pets is rare.
Many tumors respond well to radiation therapy and include oral tumors, nasal tumors, skin tumors (including mast cell tumors) and brain tumors. Some tumors, such as lymph and bone tumors require combination therapy with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Ask our staff or veterinarians if you have additional questions about radiation therapy. 
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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, refer to Pet PB at

561-752-3232

2246 N Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

http://www.petpb.com/
 

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