Cancer treatment helping pets live longer

(CBS42)
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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367274309&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4036671&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367274309 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A new cancer treatment is helping pets live longer lives with fewer side effects.

The treatment is called intensity-modulated radiation therapy, or IMRT.

Doctors use the IMRT treatment method after removing cancerous lumps from the animal.

Doctors at the Veterinary Cancer Center in Connecticut say there were no signs of nausea or loss of appetite in the animals that were treated with the IMRT method.

“We can kill cancer cells with those dosages of radiation that spares all the normal tissues around that area,” Dr. Gerald Post, a veterinary oncologist says. “Vets are also prescribing new anti-nausea medications to minimize the side effects.”

The latest medical advancements in canine cancer treatment also include a new chemotherapy drug called Palladia which targets certain molecules in cancer cells, in order to kill them.

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