Dr. John Farrelly

Stereotactic radiation (SRT) & Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Stereotactic radiation (SRT) and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) are becoming more readily available for animals. In the past, traditional radiation therapy to treat cancer in pets would usually result in significant side effects and many owners would decide not to pursue treatment because of this. IMRT and SRT are changing the way that we are able to treat cancer in pets, and they have great potential to improve both your pet’s quality and quantity of life. The Veterinary Cancer Center is pleased to be able to offer these treatments for pets with cancer.

The Future of Radiation Therapy for Your Patients

As a follow up to this year’s CE we will be providing a lecture, “The Future of Radiation Therapy for Your Patients”, on Thursday, May 28th from 6-7:30pm at The Veterinary Cancer Center to a small group of veterinarians. This will enable us to elaborate how stereotactic radiation therapy and IMRT can be beneficial for both your clients and your patients.



The Future of Radiation Therapy for Your Patients:

Radiation Therapy for Urogenital Tumors: What’s New?

Bladder, urethral and prostatic tumors are primarily a local problem in dogs and cats.  These tumors can spread to the regional lymph nodes and eventually to other organs.  However, the majority of patients die or are euthanized because of progression of their local tumor, causing progression of clinical signs and eventual obstruction of either the urethra or ureters.  Chemotherapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, (NSAIDS) have all been shown to result in tumor responses and may help control the disease for a period of time.  However, long

The 9th Annual Veterinary Cancer Center Continuing Education Lecture

Radiation can “Take a Bite out of Oral Tumors”

Oral tumors are often devastating for our patients.  For an animal having any tumor is not easy…but when that tumor is in the mouth it also can also cause major problems such as pain, difficulty eating or swallowing food, bleeding, infection, and an overall decrease in quality of life.  Oral tumors are best treated with surgical excision, as this can fix the local problem quickly.  However, many times oral tumors can not be treated with surgery or surgery can not completely remove the tumor.  In these cases, radiation therapy is often very useful in controlling tumors and improving quality

Radiation Can Help Control Pain for Dogs with Osteosarcoma

Dutch, a 6 year old, neutered male Great Dane presents to his primary care veterinarian for pain.  His owners report that he seems like he has been getting older and slowing down, he has trouble getting up and down stairs, and this past weekend they noticed a swelling on his left front leg.  Otherwise Dutch has been doing well.

The Power of Imaging - by Dr. John Farrelly

As a radiation oncologist, I get to look at a lot of images – CT scans, radiographs, ultrasound images, MRIs, nuclear medicine scans and now PET scans.  What always impresses me is how imaging can add so much information to what we know about our patients, as long as we pick the right imaging test based on our patient’s history and physical exam.

Guide to Canine Cancer: Your Most Common Questions Answered

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Sinus SCC Case Study - Sadie

Sadie, a three year old, spayed female Shetland Sheepdog presented for a mass on the dorsal aspect of the head that had been first noticed approximately one month prior to presentation.  She had been treated with a course of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid and the mass did not respond, so the primary veterinarian performed a fine needle aspirate.  This was consistent with squamous cell hyperplasia and dysplasia, but squamous cell carcinoma could not be ruled out.  Three-view thoracic radiographs were also taken at this time along with mandibular lymph node aspirates, which did not show any evid

Strontium 90 – An old modality brings new treatment options to the VCC

Recently the Veterinary Cancer Center added to their armamentarium in the fight against  cancer with a Strontium-90 superficial probe.