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L.A. Zoo Announces Successful Cancer Treatment of Rhinoceros With Electronic Brachytherapy
Date:11/16/2009

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Zoo announced that Randa, a 40-year-old Indian rhinoceros, has successfully completed treatment for skin cancer using a breakthrough cancer treatment platform designed to deliver electronic, x-ray based therapy directly to cancer sites with minimal radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

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Randa was recently diagnosed with recurrent squamous cell carcinoma under her horn, a form of skin cancer. To deliver Randa's treatment, Zoo veterinary staff worked closely with oncology surgeons and radiation oncologists from UCLA Medical Center, as well as scientists from Xoft, Inc., makers of the Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy, eBx(TM), System. Her treatments were in two sessions, or radiation fractions. Since the eBx treatment does not use a radioactive isotope, it can be performed without the need for a lead shielded room. This enabled the Zoo veterinarians and radiation oncologists from UCLA to remain with Randa during treatment, ensuring her safety and the accurate delivery of treatment.

"We are very happy with the outcome of Randa's cancer treatment and her recovery. After the treatment sessions were completed, she quickly returned to her normal attitude; acting years younger and entertaining Zoo visitors," said Leah Greer, DVM and Randa's primary veterinarian at the L.A. Zoo. "When you're talking about a 4,000 pound animal, you have to balance the safety of the animal and the safety of the Zoo staff with the logistics of the treatment. In Randa's case, we clearly wanted to eradicate the cancer, but we had to consider where the treatment could be performed and how long it would take. The ability to roll the fully functional Electronic Brachytherap
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