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Extra corporeal radiation therapy
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14 June 2018 - 5:56 am
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Has anyone used the above treatment?  It is offered by the vet as a possible limb saving treatment.  Not much on the web about it.



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14 June 2018 - 11:51 am
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Not a clue … what the heck is it???

I certainly do not remember it being discussed here …

If you find out more please let us know. 

Hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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14 June 2018 - 4:07 pm
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eci  extra corporeal Irradiation     note the i in irradiation

Looks like the bone with the cancer is removed,,,,, hi dose radiation is done to the bone  that was removed, then it is re attached surgically.

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14 June 2018 - 7:41 pm
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Well that’s a new one around here. You are an excellent researcher! I looked it up and apparently it was documented as part of a 2004 study:

Intraoperative extracorporeal irradiation for limb sparing in 13 dogs.

One of the scientists involved was Dr. Withrow, a pioneer in limb salvage techniques, most of which occurred after this study.

Since we haven’t heard about it until now my guess is that this technique didn’t have enough of a success rate to move forward beyond the research phase. 

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Hmmh,,, an update,, My radiologist/onco vet tht did cyberknife on simon called me.. I asked about this,,, he said they tried a few years ago and be wasnt impressed,,  My guy is supposed to be top in US,, so I wanted you to know his thoughts,  

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14 June 2018 - 9:36 pm
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were you offered the cyberknife alternative.? .. that is what simon had,, costly though,, 3 conscec days or radiation. no surgery

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were you offered the cyberknife alternative.? .. that is what simon had,, costly though,, 3 conscec days of radiation. no surgery



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Thank you so much for your research, Luke!

Well, I have to say extra corporeal irradiation sounds really awful 😳🤭…

Plus, it will involve two major operations: one to remove the member affected and another to reattach it 🤢

Also, I would have thought there could be a high risk of infection, etc after second operation takes place 😬

I cannot see (not being a vet) why using radiation in the bone directly will be so much different from cyber knife but, of course, there may be strong reasons for a possible different outcome. 

All in all, as Renee points out, if a study done in 2004 is not known here, chances are it was not successful or was too risky.

Good luck for your pup, Oksana, kisses and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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20 June 2018 - 5:45 am
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Thanks for all your replies.  It was a possible treatment offered by the specialist vet.  Nicknamed ‘flip and nuke’  I didn’t like the sound of it and there was so little information to be found except a trial with 13 dogs and only 50% success.   We decided to go down the amputation route.

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