Susan LaRue

Radiation Cancer Biology & Oncology Section Head Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

226 Flint Cancer Center

(970) 297-0334

About Susan

Dr. LaRue is Professor of Cancer Radiotherapy. Dr. LaRue’s translational research employs naturally occurring tumors in companion animals to develop new combination radiotherapy protocols and better understand the biology of the cancer. Understanding the mechanisms of radiation-induced tissue damage as a by-product of radiation therapy is a primary interest. LaRue is currently working on a project to develop a model of radiation-induced erectile dysfunction, and evaluating radiation protocols that might mitigate non-target tissue damage in radiation oncology therapies of the prostate.


Ph.D. - Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, 1992M.S. - Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, 1986D.V.M., The University of Georgia, 1977


American College of Veterinary Radiology (Radiation Oncology)
American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Michael W. Nolan, DVM, DACVR-RO; Lynn R. Griffin, DVM; James T. Custis, DVM, MS, DACVR-RO; Susan M. LaRue, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVR-RO; Stereotactic body radiation therapy for treatment of feline injection-site sarcomas: 11 cases (20088-2012) Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, in press 2013 Yoshikawa H, Ehrhart EJ, Charles JB, Custis JT, LaRue SM; Assessment of predictive molecular variables in feline oral squamous cell carcinoma treated with stereotactic radiation therapy. Vet Comp Oncol. 2013 Jul 2. doi: 10.1111/vco.12050. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23815402 Nolan, Michael W.; Randall, Elissa K.; LaRue, Susan M.; et al. ACCURACY OF CT AND MRI FOR CONTOURING THE FELINE OPTIC APPARATUS FOR RADIATION THERAPY PLANNING. VETERINARY RADIOLOGY & ULTRASOUND Volume: 54 Issue: 5 Pages: 560-566 DOI: 10.1111/vru.12070 Published: SEP 2013 Yoshikawa, Hiroto; Randall, Elissa K.; Kraft, Susan L.; et al. and LaRue, SM Source: VETERINARY RADIOLOGY & ULTRASOUND Volume: 54 Issue: 3 Pages: 307-313 DOI: 10.1111/vru.12016 Published: MAY-JUN 2013 Schwartz, AL ; Custis, JT ; Harmon, JE ; Powers, BE ; Chubb, LS ; LaRue, SM ; Ehrhart, NP. ; Ryan, SD. Orthotopic model of canine osteosarcoma in athymic rats for evaluation of stereotactic radiotherapy. Source: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF VETERINARY RESEARCH Volume:74 Issue:3 Pages:452-458 Published:MAR

Research Specialty

Small Animal Exclusive/Predominant (including pet exotics)