Kane Shows Off His VAP

 Kane waits for his treatment

Just look at this irresistible face! Kane, an 11-year-old Yellow Labrador, is one of Angell Radiation Oncologist Dr. Lyndsay Kubicek's patients who enjoys the comforts of a vascular access port, or VAP.

A vascular access port is a device that is implanted under the skin so that medications may be delivered directly into the bloodstream. VAPs can be used to administer anesthesia for radiation therapy, as in Kane’s case, or to administer chemotherapy drugs or even fluids. Using these ports instead of the traditional IV catheter allows for shorter treatment sessions and greater comfort for the patient.

See that bump? That's the VAP, under the skin.

Angell is the only veterinary hospital in the Boston area that routinely employs this technique for radiation patients. This technology eliminates the need, time and discomfort involved for daily catheter placement and consequently eliminates the need for sedation. That’s a win-win-win for patients, clients and veterinarians alike! Clients are frequently happy to take their pet home following radiation treatments without the after-effects of sedation. Angell uses the vascular access ports for all of our patients receiving full course radiation. Used for both cats and dogs, it is an especially great benefit for cats with small veins for whom placing an IV catheter can be difficult.

The VAP is smaller than a pen.

There are many tumor types that can be treated with radiation: nasal, brain, soft tissue sarcoma cells, prostate, and mast cell, but some of the surprising tumors include heart-based tumors and bladder tumors. There are also many radiation options available today for pets. Our oncology team encourages clients to call any time to ask questions about radiation therapy, options, and how we can design a treatment plan that best fits the needs of your pet.

To learn more about Angell’s Oncology Service, visit: www.angell.org/oncology