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Veterinarians zap sea lion's oral cancer with radiation therapy

Veterinarians at Pittsburgh Zoo used stereotactic radiation therapy to treat a 23-year-old sea lion's oral squamous cell carcinoma. Veterinarian Ginger Sturgeon worked with specialists from Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center and PetCare Oncology on the treatment plan, taking into account "the size of the animal, the need for anesthesia to ensure safe handling for both the staff and the patient and the animal's need to return quickly to their ground," Dr. Sturgeon said.

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