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Varian radiotherapy units coming to VCA cancer centers

All 35 hospitals eventually will install TrueBeam or Halcyon systems.

Varian radiotherapy units coming to VCA cancer centers
Varian’s TrueBeam radiotherapy system is a medical linear accelerator.

Five VCA Pet CancerCare Centers will be the first of 35 to house Varian radiotherapy systems under a partnership announced between the national hospital chain and manufacturer.

VCA Animal Hospitals reported in August that nearly three dozen of its more than 930 clinics would be branded Pet CancerCare Centers and employ board-certified oncology teams that collaborate with a patient’s primary care veterinarian.

The installation of Varian Medical Systems’ ARIA and Eclipse software platforms and TrueBeam or Halcyon radiotherapy systems is designed to deliver high-dose, surgery-free cancer treatments.

“As part of VCA’s effort to create the nation’s largest network of veterinary-specific oncology treatment centers, we’re proud to partner with Varian to offer state-of-the-art technology that enables our veterinarians to drive the industry forward,” said Jamie Custis, chair of VCA’s Radiation Oncology Steering Committee. “VCA now offers radiation therapy options on par with the capabilities of North America’s top human cancer centers.”

The first five Pet CancerCare Centers to receive Varian radiotherapy systems are:

  • VCA California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, California.
  • VCA Sacramento Vet Referral in Sacramento, California.
  • VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Fishers, Indiana.
  • VCA Aurora Animal Hospital in Aurora, Illinois.
  • VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Fairfax, Virginia.