Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a form of radiation therapy typically used to treat non-operable tumors. Despite having “surgery” in the name, SRS is not a surgical procedure, but instead uses high-powered forms of energy targeted at a particular area to destroy tumors that cannot otherwise be removed. At Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center, we understand that pets are family and strive to provide the best technology to help them live long comfortable lives.
Utilizing SRS, we can deliver high doses of radiation in a short time period, effectively shrinking or altogether eradicating tumors in the brain or pituitary gland without harming any of the healthy tissue surrounding it. Benefits of SRS include:
- Rapid tumor reduction
- Faster tumor-induced pain relief
- Completely non-invasive
- Extended disease control for large tumors
- Potentially curative
- Limited risk
- Little to no discomfort
- Generally treated in a single outpatient visit
- Pets can return to normal activities within 1-2 days
To perform this procedure, we use a linear accelerator (LINAC), which emits large x-ray beams. First, your pet will be gently sedated for their safety and comfort. Next, we will get some images of their head to ensure we target the precise area of the tumor. Afterward, we use a computer program to plan the exact dose of radiation. Lastly, part of the LINAC called the gantry will rotate around your pet, delivering beams of radiation through multiple arcs ensuring the tumor is addressed from every angle.
If you have questions about radiosurgery or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (858) 279-3000, and a friendly member of our staff will be happy to assist you.