Chemo and Radiotherapy Suites

The chemotherapy and radiotherapy suites are housed separately, and, with the surgical unit, make up the Oncology (cancer treatment) facilities. The Chemotherapy Suite is designed with patient comfort and safety in mind. Blood and urine samples are tested in the onsite laboratory prior to treatment and medications are prepared in-house. A laminar flow safety cabinet prevents environmental contamination and ensures personnel safety. Treatments are usually administered either intravenously (into a vein) or subcutaneously (under the skin) via a closed-needle system. Oral medications may be given by tablet or liquid depending on the treatment.

The Johnson Foundation Radiotherapy Unit is one of just 5 radiotherapy units for pets in the country. This state-of-the-art facility houses a Varian Vitalbeam Linear Accelerator which delivers focused radiation to the patient in the forms of photons (X-rays) and electrons. The unit allows for the precise treatment of cancers, whilst avoiding damage to normal tissues and organs. The accelerator is often used alongside the Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and together with the integrated software allows treatments to be tailored specifically to the individual patient. The radiotherapy unit is also fully equipped to care for and monitor the anaesthetised patients.