June 2013







Breaking News!
With aggressive therapy the prognosis for dogs with mast cell tumors is greatly improved. Researchers from University of California at Davis, Michigan State University and University of Tennessee were involved. This multi-institutional study showed that surgery and /or radiation therapy, combined with vinblastine and CCNU can increase median survival times to over 1300 days and when surgery and radiation therapy are both used, survival times shot up to over 2000 days. What is wonderful about this article is that it proves what we at The Veterinary Cancer Center have believed-that even with loco-regional lymph node metastasis, survival times with aggressive therapy can be close to 5 years! 


Multi-agent therapy consisting of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy is starting to become much more common in the treatment of cancers in pets. This article is likely the first in a long line of similar articles showing that like humans, pet cancers respond best to combination therapy. 




Clinical Trial


The VCC currently have two clinical trials available. One is a funded trial for dogs with lymphoma and the other is for a novel therapeutic agent for the treatment





The National Cancer Survivor's Day.

June is the time of year we celebrate National Cancer Survivor's Day. We have all been touched by cancer--whether it be personally, through a family member or pet. June is the time of year that we celebrate the tremendous advances we have and continue to make in cancer therapy. June is the time we celebrate those individuals, people and pets, that are cancer survivors




Research Reveals Cell-Free DNA Accurately Correlates with Breast Cancer DNA.

Physicians have figured out a way to detect tumor DNA in the blood of patients with cancer. This technology is in its infancy, but the ability to detect cancer from a blood test has wide ranging implications. 

Why Should My Hospital Stage For Cancer?

The Veterinary Cancer Center strongly believes the best patient care results from the strong relationship between general practitioners and specialists. The core competencies of both are needed to provide the client and pet with the best care possible. This requires creating a sustainable financial model for both parties. These are the reasons why we have created this staging guide-- to help our partners prepare their clients and patients for the most complete and comprehensive oncology consult possible


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