You Are Here:
The Auburn University Oncology Service offers state of the art radiation therapy facilities. These include a linear accelerator that can treat both deep and superficial tumors, iridium implants for high-dose localized radiation therapy, and both diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine facilities. Meet our radiation oncologist.
Radiation therapy is used for:
- Treatment of tumors that can't be removed completely because of their location.
- Treatment of tumors that were incompletely removed surgically.
- Partial shrinkage of a large tumor that is causing specific problems for an animal.
- Relief of bone pain due to a primary tumor or metastatic disease.
We have treated animals as large as horses and as small as rats at Auburn University's linear accelerator facility.
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are rare complications of radiation therapy in animals. We adjust the depth of treatment to avoid affecting organs that cause these effects.
- Skin effects are most common in the area being treated, and include permanent hair thinning/loss and/or discoloration of the skin and hair.
- Short-term effects include a spectrum from what appears to be a mild sunburn to ulceration of the skin.
- These effects resolve within a few days to weeks after the end of therapy.
- Prevention of self-trauma is the mainstay of treatment.