Source: Virginia Tech News 

Lucy, a 12-year-old dog, is part of a transformative brain cancer study at Virginia Tech’s Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. This research focuses on histotripsy, a cutting-edge therapy using focused ultrasound to precisely break down tumors. When Lucy was diagnosed with a brain tumor, her owner, Susan Ketcham, a clinical nurse specialist, found this innovative trial.

Led by John Rossmeisl and Rell Parker, with support from engineer Lauren Ruger, the study aims to develop less invasive cancer treatments for both dogs and humans. Initial results show promise, with potential for fewer side effects and quicker recoveries. Researchers hope to eventually create a completely non-invasive procedure, revolutionizing brain cancer treatment.

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