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Exciting Progress in Veterinary Cancer Treatment is Occurring in Ontario!

Exciting Progress in Veterinary Cancer Treatment is Occurring in Ontario!

November 12, 2014

Clinical trials are currently underway at the Ontario Veterinary College that could prove a boon to our feline friends, as well human cancer sufferers.

A new treatment for mammary cancer - oncolytic virus therapy – is thought to be much more precise than the current standard of chemotherapy and radiation. After surgical removal of the mass patients will receive two injections, one that boosts the immune system and one that specifically targets cancer cells for destruction.

Because of the new agent’s targeted action this treatment has fewer side effects and will likely be a more humane option for extending your pet’s life in the event they suffer from mammary cancer. People may benefit as well as mammary cancer in cats is quite similar to mammary cancer in humans, and if the feline trials go well a human trial will soon be on the horizon.

Researchers are also looking at the option of using this treatment for canine patients suffering from lymphoma.