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Companion Animal Practice
Radiotherapy in small animal oncology
  1. Laura Blackwood

    Laura Blackwood qualified from Glasgow in 1990. She is currently a research scholar in the Gene Therapy Laboratory, at Glasgow veterinary school, researching into novel treatments for feline thyroid adenoma and human thyroid disease. She holds the certificate in veterinary radiology and an MVM degree in small animal oncology.

  2. Jane Dobson

    Jane Dobson graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1982. She is currently lecturer in veterinary clinical oncology in the department of clinical veterinary medicine, Cambridge, where her main interests include anticancer chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Companion Animals).


OVER the past 20 years there has been a great deal of progress in the treatment of cancer in animals and radiation therapy has an important role to play in this treatment. By combining direct antineoplastic activity with analgesia, it can afford many patients a much improved quality of life, as well as an extended survival time. This article discusses the principles and practical considerations underlying current radiotherapeutic regimens in small animal medicine.

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