This past week marked the grand opening of the Veterinary Cyberknife Cancer Center in Malvern, Pa., only one of two such treatment facilities in the U.S.
This high-tech, non-invasive procedure is an alternative to surgical treatment of both malignant and benign tumors and other cancerous diseases that, despite its name, does not involve surgical cutting. Rather, this procedure works via a robotic radiosurgery device that administers high doses of radiation to specific targets, with meticulous accuracy.
Unlike traditional radiation, which may involve up to 20 grueling treatments, individual cyberknife treatments take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, and are administered about three to five times over a period of as many days. Side effects are reportedly minimal and short-lived.
The only other such veterinary treatment center in the country is the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, N.Y., which first began this practice in 2008.