Canine Cancer Studies

Pet dogs are supplying some of the most promising insights into human cancers.  Emerging studies are exploring remarkable biological similarities between man and his furry best friend.

Dog Cancer has become the number one cause of death in dogs.  Lymphomas and malignancies of the bones, blood vessels, skin and breast are developed by millions of dogs every year.

Dogs age more rapidly than humans and therefore, their cancers progress more quickly.  Because of the progression of their cancers, canine cancer studies produce quicker results.  When a dog is diagnosed with cancer, veterinary oncologists talk in terms of a one year to two year survival time where when oncologists talk about human patients they talk in terms of a five year to 10 year survival time.

A consortium of 20 veterinary centers are working to speed the development of better therapies and new strategies for treating and preventing human cancers.  Other institutions such as the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Texas A&M in College Station, Texas are teaming up independently on their own to share human and animal findings.

Rowdy has been a beneficiary of that collaboration.  He is an 8-year-old Great Pyrenees dog that was diagnosed last August with bone cancer.  Rowdy’s owner, Kate Cordts of San Antonio, opted for conventional therapy instead of having Rowdy undergo chemotherapy and have his front leg amputated.  She lost another dog to the same disease so she thoroughly researched experimental treatments for canine osteosarcoma.

She found a clinical trial at Texas A&M where she enrolled Rowdy.  The veterinary cancer specialists gave Rowdy experimental radiation therapy directly into his diseased leg.  The radiation was then followed by chemotherapy.

Six months after the treatments Rowdy is living up to his name and his leg was saved.  Not only was Rowdy’s leg saved because of this clinical trial, but the clinical trial might also one day help children diagnosed with the same malignancy.

If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer, a clinical trial might be an option for your dog.  These clinical trials can be a win-win for pets and people.  Canine clinical trials can speed up the progress in the fight against cancer and the can help human patients.  These clinical trials with dogs are being used to learn something from the dog that is applied to human patients.

If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer you might want to check out the website MyCancerPet.com.  Jack Sevey Jr. created the website in January 2011 after his five year old boxer bull died from T-cell lymphoma.  He wanted to create an online community for pet parents whose pets were stricken by cancer.  His website is also used to help steer these pet parents to helpful cancer resources.  His website also lists clinical trials compiled by several organizations:   AKC Canine Health Foundation, Animal Clinical Investigation, the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research, the Morris Animal Foundation and the Veterinary Cancer Society.

To read more about this research and the clinical trials visit ABC News.

 

Sources:

ABC News

MyCancerPet

Filed under: Cancer in Dogs

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