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Search results for 'stereotactic radiation' (124)

…not to show it. So please call your vet and get advice about stronger medications while you decide what to do. 

Oh back to today's options: stereotactic radiation therapy can often control pain, sometimes for a year, sometimes not. Did your oncologist mention it? One particular story we wrote about was Hazel,…

… a Great Dane who was not a good candidate for amputation. The Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (aka Cyberknife) worked for about six months or so until they had to let her go. But it gave she and her family time to enjoy together

…vet schools, including U of FL, U of GA, and U of MI, do these kind of procedures plus have many other similar procedures (like limb sparing and stereotactic radiation) that may also be good choices to consider, but they are booked out for a few weeks right now. Not sure how far you are able to drive. 

… and acceptable complication rate. Although indications seem clear enough, validation through controlled trials is mandatory.

Use of PET/CT and Stereotactic Radiation Therapy for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteosarcoma Metastases

The PET/CT scans facilitated identification of gross metastatic lesions that were

10 June 2020 3:33 am
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…You are so very welcome! 

Yes as Sally mentioned, even if amputation isn't a possibility, there are options such as stereotactic radiation therapy. Read Hazel's story for more about that and be sure to ask your vet:

what are my other options if amputation isn't a possibility? 

27 May 2020 3:27 pm
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…know for sure what, if any treatment options are available, they would. We met a dog named Baron who beat bone cancer in the skull thanks to their Stereotactic Radiation Therapy. It may help you to know that you looked at all the options. Just as an aside, removing part of the jaw isn't as terrible as it sounds. I

2 May 2020 12:20 pm
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…at LIVS recommended amputation, but I was conflicted because of the original vet’s statement against that course of treatment.  I had researched stereotactic radiation (“cyber knife”) therapy and luckily live close to a facility in New Jersey, but I wasn’t sure if I was comfortable with the risk that he might

2 April 2020 6:08 pm
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…!  His name is Truffle.  He had the radiation done because we were told Osteo, and the lifespan for stereotactic radiation/chemo is the same as amputation/chemo.   We paid five figures for the radiation, and because each clinic is pointing fingers at the other, another

18 February 2020 6:45 pm
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…humerus - less lysis than bone thickening.  Discussed that it was probably osteosarcoma, and while discussing amputation and chemo, also suggested stereotactic radiation and chemo.  No metastasis was visible  anywhere chest x-rays.  They in turn referred us to an cancer center that had cyberknife stereotactic

18 February 2020 12:46 pm
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13 February 2020 1:11 pm
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…with a radiation oncologist (who mentioned this website!) to consider limb-sparing radiation, and we are fortunate to have a facility that can do stereotactic radiation therapy. Unfortunately, a CT scan revealed that her cancerous bone is very thin and almost non-existent in some areas, so risk of fracture would be

Yes, amputation is the fastest and most surefire way to alleviate the pain of osteosarcoma. But you may also want to discuss palliative care, with stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT), if the oncologist feels Oscar is not a good candidate. Here is Hazel's story about palliative care with SRT:


…! We've had many members go through that treatment, including Hazel, who wasn't an amputation candidate. She did very well with the infusion and stereotactic radiation therapy. I hope Cooper does very well on it too!

Ah the Elias vaccine! Yes it's a very hopeful treatment. Check out our posts about it:


5 October 2019 1:04 pm
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…would have been ineligible to receive the vaccine as part of the clinical trial at CSU (because her tumor was in the scapula and we elected to do stereotactic radiation versus amputation) so we were very happy to learn we could purchase it off trial at VRCC. It’s expensive off trial but based on everything I read

10 July 2019 6:16 pm
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…lost my beloved dog last week.  She was diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma in March and underwent stereotactic radiation and came home on Palladia and losartan.  After 2 fantastic months she suddenly developed a cardiac arrhythmia, and it was time to let her pass on. 

26 May 2019 11:33 am
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Our dog, Molly has osteosarcoma in her right hip and she just underwent stereotactic radiation and will start chemo tomorrow. No amputation. I am very interested in immunotherapy after the chemo. I have been told, Molly cannot be part of the

…dog, Molly has osteosarcoma in her right hip and she just underwent stereotactic radiation and will start chemo tomorrow. No amputation. I am very interested in immunotherapy after the chemo. I have been told, Molly cannot be part of the

…running a clinical trial and I imagine other large veterinary hospitals may offer it as well. Colorado State University, and I’m sure others, offer stereotactic radiation for primary lung tumors as well so that may be an option to research too. Both are less invasive than a lobectomy but I don’t how the efficacy


Lurker since September but first time post to weigh in on our experience with stereotactic radiation (sometimes called CyberKnife depending on the facility). Before all that, I want to say how sorry I am that both of your dogs have been diagnosed…

…- it’s just truly unimaginable and my heart goes out to you. It’s so cruel and unfair. 

First, there are two options for stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT). The first is called curative or definitive SRT. It’s high dose radiation given over one to three treatments and it’s intended to

7 December 2018 10:49 pm
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…his elbow (which is highly unusual for this type to be in the elbow). The specialty vet thought they could save his leg so we have done surgery, stereotactic radiation, carboplatin, and a little bit of palladia since June 2018. 

After all that, the cancer has returned to his leg and is probably still present in

…and chemo route because I felt it was the one which showed higher success rates, for whatever is worth.

But others here, like Luke, have opted for stereotactic radiation and bisphosphonates
instead of amputation and also lots of supplements and cbd oil.

His dog, Simon, is going really well and nearing the first

…damage the spinal cord, and surgery to remove a section isn't an option.

Our dog, Bree, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Jan. 2017.  We did stereotactic radiation with carboplatin chemo, and it worked for a little while.  When the tumor started growing again, we amputated (Sep. 2017) followed by doxorubicin

31 October 2018 9:30 am
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20 September 2018 7:55 pm
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…at our regular vet, revealing a tumor at the head of the humerus , the oncologist confirmed with CT scan and we didn't risk a biopsy.  We decided on stereotactic radiation therapy, which was done July 12.  He has done three rounds of carboplatin and is happy and active at this time.  I have read tons of your posts and

20 September 2018 6:46 pm
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…or alternatively 1 fraction of Cyberknife radiation therapy. About 50-75% of dogs experience pain relief. CyberKnife is a specialized form of Stereotactic Radiation Therapy. It is sometimes called radiosurgery, as CyberKnife is a non-invasive way to deliver radiation therapy with similar precision as a surgical

… Cathy and Brinkley - what a gorgeous girls she is.

Pofi's mom here.  The fact that you have stereotactic radiation treatment as an option is just phenomenal - we did not have it any closer than 9 hours away.  

So they would remove the leg, but not actually try

14 August 2018 6:18 pm
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…and finally a neurologist, I received the devastating news last month.  All along I thought it was a carpal injury, perhaps torn ligament.  She had stereotactic radiation almost 2 weeks ago.  The oncologist gave me a bunch of options and surgical removal was not recommended as the tumor is too close to her spinal

14 August 2018 3:19 pm
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…m not an expert at reading path reports so I'm just basing this on what other members have gone through. You may be able to try radiation therapy or stereotactic radiation surgery (were these two things mentioned?), but we see many members return after a few months when the treatment stopped working and amputation

6 August 2018 8:07 pm
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…decision you will feel more comfortable making. Only you know Atlas better than anyone else. 

I'm also surprised that nobody has even mentioned stereotactic radiation surgery for palliative care, or perhaps even a limb sparing surgery. Have they? If not, then I would absolutely recommend a veterinary teaching

2 July 2018 11:36 am
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…he mind vet visits? Or do you think he wants that part of his life to be behind him now?

Another idea: are there any clinics nearby that can do stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT i.e., "cyberknife")? SRT cuts the usual radiation treatment times by more than half, which means less visits and less anesthesia. 

…he mind vet visits? Or do you think he wants that part of his life to be behind him now?

Another idea: are there any clinics nearby that can do stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT i.e., "cyberknife")? SRT cuts the usual radiation treatment times by more than half, which means less visits and less anesthesia.

8 June 2018 8:11 pm
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