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14 July 2016
I have been following this technology for several years and they have finally made it available to the public. It could be the difference between keeping a limb or not for pets with soft tissue sarcoma’s. It can also be used on skin cancers. Pretty much anything near the surface of the skin. If you are visiting this site trying to figure out what life will be as a Tripawd and it is because of a soft tissue sarcoma please take a look at this new option.
It is a new way to treat soft tissue sarcoma’s with radioactive Yi-90. Instead of surgically removing or treating with typical radiation requiring many visits with your pet held down under a big machine this is a single vet visit during which a radioactive material is injected into the tumor using traditional syringes. It is also more effective than the big machine approach because the radiation is higher dose. The Yi-90 characteristics are such that a thin covering (like normal latex gloves) blocks the radiation but it zaps the tumor. So you drop off and pick up your pet for treatment and pick it up that same day. The radiation destroys the cancer and dissipates away. Then the material Yi-90 is encased in is absorbed by the body. Making the only steps required afterwards being follow up visits to assess the progress.
Below is a link to a pet owner’s experience with the new approach. They were part of a clinical trial to evaluate its performance. Its tumor was located in a spot they couldn’t surgical remove it leaving them few options. It tracks the progress before, through, and after treatment.
This is the vet practice that is doing it is in the Pacific Northwest in Eastern Wa.
Pictures of the first cat treated at the veterinary practice this week (others were treated in a clinical trial, but you have to be picked to be part of that) are at the companies twitter site. https://twitter…../radiogel/ The cats cancer was on its nose (no risk of being a tripawd but also not a place they can hack away a lot of tissue because cats like their noses).
Being a 3-legged dog or cat is a great solution if you have no other choice, but it makes getting old a lot tougher. My poor old dog is relatively healthy other than she hardly get around after hopping so many years (she can go just a few feet before she falls and uses her nose as a 4th leg).
25 April 2007
Otter and Nyaya, thank you for sharing this exciting development!
It sounds similar to the electrochemotherapy treatments we recently covered in Tripawds News, in that it’s minimally invasive and easier on the body than traditional radiation therapy. I really wonder how it compares, what the success rates are so far, etc.,
I’m excited to learn more about it. And in fact we are going through Kennewick in August. I am going to reach out to Dr. Meyer and the RadioGel folks to see if we can interview them. Thank you so much.
I do agree, if a leg can be saved, or at the very least left long enough for a well-fitting prosthetic, that is absolutely the better option for a cat or dog. Especially over the long term.
Please post a new update on Nyaya in “Size and Age Matters” when you are able. We would love to know how she has been doing. Please don’t forget, the Tripawds Foundation may pay for Nyaya’s first rehab visit if she hasn’t already been so I hope you’ll take advantage of the program.