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Conventional radiation therapy

Conventional radiation therapy

Conventional radiation therapy

Veterinary Cancer Society
Veterinary Cancer Society
on behalf of Missouri Veterinary Medical Association


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Launch date: 27 Jan 2016
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Conventional Radiation Therapy Planning and Treatment of the Veterinary Patient Conventional radiation therapy is the standard of care for many human and veterinary cancers that are curable with either radiation alone or in combination with surgery. Conventional radiation therapy involves administering small fraction sizes over multiple days for a high total radiation dose to exploit the normal tissue’s ability to repair radiation damage while preferentially killing abnormal cancerous cells. We will discuss the rationale for administering conventional radiation therapy and the many veterinary tumors that are sensitive to this type of fractionation. We will also discuss typical radiation side effects encountered when administering radiation. Linear accelerator and cobalt technology will be briefly discussed.


Learning Objectives:
• Definitive and palliative radiation therapy: Distinguish between definitive and palliative radiation therapy. What is the goal with each and what is the typical fractionation? List 3 types of tumors that would be appropriately irradiated definitively vs. palliatively.
• Toxicity: Describe the difference between acute and late toxicity. What are the normal tissues affected by each, and when do they occur?
• Fractionation: Describe why fractionation of radiation is important in conventional ra
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Veterinary Cancer Society
on behalf of Missouri Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Jayme Looper has been practicing in the Chicagoland area for 11 years. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Biomedical Science. She obtained her DVM from Louisiana State University then completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the University of Florida. She was in general private practice for 4 years in the Denver area before specializing in Radiation Oncology. She completed her residency in Radiation Oncology at North Carolina State University in 2004 and was board-certified in the American College of Veterinary Radiology, subspecialty of Radiation Oncology the same year. Dr. Looper is in private specialty practice at the Chicago Veterinary Cancer Center. Her main interests are investigating novel therapies in combination with radiation therapy, and palliative care for the cancer patient.

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  • Missouri Veterinary Medical Association
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 60

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