Richmond’s first veterinary radiation cancer treatment center opens its doors

Richmond’s first veterinary radiation cancer treatment center opens its doors
The center, a collaboration between FETCH A Cure and The Oncology Service, is located in the Near West End.

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Guests and supporters of FETCH a Cure and The Oncology Service (TOS) joined together on Tuesday to commemorate a new veterinary Advanced Radiation Treatment Center, the first of its kind in Richmond.

This radiation treatment center is operated by TOS and represents a collaboration between FETCH a Cure–a Richmond-based non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness, to educate and provide pet owners greater access to information about pet cancer and senior care–and TOS.  This advanced radiation treatment center is the only one of its kind within 100 miles of Richmond. Patients will have access to these new advances as well as the support of the specialists at Dogwood Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Richmond. The oncology facility will start seeing patients in mid-November.

The Oncology Service is an oncology-exclusive practice specifically dedicated to providing the most advanced, evidence-based veterinary cancer care to pets with cancer and their caretakers.

“We are excited to welcome The Oncology Service and their new Advanced Radiation Treatment Center here at FETCH a Cure,” said Joanne Silverman, Executive Director of FETCH a Cure. “This facility represents a collaboration between our two organizations to ensure that the best and most advanced treatment facilities and options are available to the Richmond community and its surrounding areas.”

“Our patients will now be able to receive state of the art oncology care from TOS and compassionate support from FETCH a Cure to improve quality of life,” said Dr. Chand Khanna, CEO of The Oncology Service.

The new technologies at the center include a GE 8-slice CT scanner for advanced three-dimensional imaging and a state-of-the-art Varian linear accelerator capable of advanced radiation techniques. With this new equipment, TOS is able to perform the most conformal radiation treatment which allows for precise treatment of tumors in far fewer treatment sessions than is conventionally needed.

The facility is located at 5711 Staples Mill Road, Suite 101 Near West End.

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