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The radiotherapy unit of the HVU-Rof Codina has a pump of cobalt 60, which is located in the "Radiophysics laboratory" of the USC in the Campus of Santiago. This equipment, which emit high energy gamma radiation, allows to treat tumors located at some depth in the tissues. With this form of radiation therapy radiation diffusion is more uniform than with orthovoltage teams, and it is possible to vary the size of the field or use the beam modifiers to get a more even dose. In addition, you get reduce collateral damage that suffers skin epithelium, since the maximum dose (dmax) is concentrated under the skin surface.

Treatments will advertise and are planned in the Hospital veterinarian University Rof Codina (HVU-RC), where also takes place the coordination and monitoring of treatment, along with the veterinary care that patients might require during and after it.

Currently, in the unit of radiation therapy of HVU-RC treatments that involve the use of hipofraccionados protocols are only. These apply lower total doses than with conventional radiotherapy, in one or two sessions per week, with a total duration of three to six weeks.
rt 02These treatments are considered palliative type treatments, i.e., its objective is to improve the quality of life of the patient by relieving the symptoms and getting in some cases to reduce or stop the growth of the tumor. Requiring fewer sessions than conventional treatments, which are daily or on alternate days, and the acute side effects are milder. Its main drawback is that the times of tumour control are lower than those obtained with conventional therapies. Also expected a greater likelihood that serious side effects can occur in the long term (bone necrosis, fibrosis...) For this reason they are usually reserved for tumors with low probability of cure at the time of diagnosis. However some published studies on this type of therapy suggest that certain tumors could respond adequately, with times of control similar to conventional treatments.

For tumors with chance of a cure at the time of diagnosis or higher expectations of long-term control, we suggest the application of protocols, daily or every other day. Currently in our Center we do not offer this type of treatment. From December 2013 we consider us the possibility of making them in the form of alternate days.

rt 02To know exactly if it is or not given radiation therapy to a patient and which protocol it would be the most suitable, we will ask the vet referring the case results from biopsies, sucked or Imaging tests carried out, in order to establish the type of tumor, grade and its staging. In addition, a comprehensive report on the State of health of the patient (complete analytical and ECG) for anesthetic assessment is required. It is essential to know if previous treatments were carried out or if the combination of this treatment with chemotherapy/surgery are options to consider, as the timing of these treatments with radiation therapy, especially in the case of surgery treatment is important.

Patients who are to receive treatment with radiotherapy, to gather at HVU-RC for a consultation and to perform the necessary tests to the treatment planning that will involve the completion of a computed tomography (CT). Studied the case, establish the number of sessions and the duration of treatment.

Radiotherapy treatments shall be carried out in the laboratory of Radiation Physics of the USC located in Santiago de Compostela with the participation of a radiation physicist and two veterinarians HVU-RC.

This great project, in which we have spent several years working, is "starting to walk" and our hope and goal is that veterinary radiation therapy is, at last, a reality in our country.

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