But dogs, unlike rodents, get these cancers naturally—or at least, as naturally as an inbred population can get them. That means treatments that work on canine cancers often also work in humans. And that’s great news for both of us. So much of animal work in labs necessarily involves giving a creature cancer only to try to cure it. Dogs already have cancer—so any research we do on them will help their outcome, too.
One Health, a Silicon Valley start-up, wants to change the approach to treating canine cancer using precision medicine. It is looking to make it easier for pet owners to use targeted therapies to treat their dogs’ cancer.
Pet dogs (and cats) that live in our homes develop many of the same cancers people do, including osteosarcoma, breast cancer and lymphoma. Therefore, they offer an opportunity to preview immune-boosting treatments in species that are very much like us, both in their genetic makeup and in how they experience cancer.
What’s more, transmissible cancers illustrate the fraught relationship between a cancer and its host, displayed on a grand scale. The cells aren’t just duping their owner, they’re escaping the wrath of a totally novel immune system. Goff thinks this can teach us about how cancer spreads within our bodies. “This spreading in the ocean is kind of a macro-version of what goes on in a person,” he says.
The Truth About Pet Cancer (TAPC) is a slick bit of propaganda. Although it contains some interesting, even promising ideas, these are unfortunately served with a heavy seasoning of misinformation and fear-mongering. Hypotheses and opinions are presented as established facts, and anyone who disagrees is suggested to be ignorant at best, venal and corrupt at worst.
Many common human cancers are not prevalent in pets, but there are some cancers we do share, including breast (mammary gland) cancer, lymphoma, skin cancer (mast cell tumors in pets), and bone cancer.
Cancer can be frighteningly complex and unpredictable—it can evolve, change, evade and resist, but one thing we can usually rely on is that cancer can’t infect. For a handful of unlucky species, however, this isn’t the case. Thousands of dogs around the world—from Aboriginal camp dogs in Australia to street dogs in Buenos Aires—are affected by an extraordinary type of infectious cancer that causes genital tumors and can jump between individuals known as Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumor or CTVT.
Page said time is a key advantage of studying dogs. While humans may develop cancer at an average age of 60, the average age of diagnosis for a dog is age 6.
And, of course, there are a lot of dogs around to study: about one mutt for every four Americans.
The likelihood that your dog or cat will develop cancer during its lifetime varies from place to place and breed to breed — but not by that much.
Researchers hoping to develop a promising new approach to treating cancer in people are trying it in another group: pet dogs.
Do implanted microchips cause cancer in dogs and cats?
That’s the question owners are asking after highly aggressive tumors developed around the microchip implants of two dogs, killing one and leaving the other terminally ill.
The Internet offers many resources to help you understand your pet’s health. The problem with finding information online is that many resources are either outdated or not credible. Although the World Wide Web is a great resource, it should never replace the information you receive from your veterinarian.
The first thing you should know about canine transmissible venereal tumor is that you should never do a Google image search for “canine transmissible venereal tumor.”
The second thing you should know about canine transmissible venereal tumor, which we’ll shorten to CTVT, is that it’s actually the business end of a contagious cancer that seems to have plagued a small population of dogs for the past 11,000 years. This makes CTVT one of just three cancers we know of that can pass from animal to animal like a rock ’n’ roll-loving demon. The other cases include Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease and a sarcoma scientists infected Syrian hamsters with in the 1960s.
We all know that dogs have far more powerful noses than humans – indeed their sense of smell is up to 100,000 times better than ours.
That skill has, of course, been put to good use for decades, in the form of drug-sniffing dogs at ferry terminals and airports as well as the Army’s bomb detection canines.
But, in recent years, a dedicated team of researchers has been developing what is potentially an even greater breakthrough.
Earlier this year, German research discovered that dogs could sniff out lung cancer from breath samples of sufferers.
Many people do not realize that cancer is not just a human condition; it affects our pets as well. In fact, cancer is the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats.
Pets with cancer are enjoying longer and better lives than ever before; there is a plethora of treatment options available to insure that every dog and cat with cancer gets a chance at therapy.
Bocker the Labradoodle was a celebrity dog with an ever-growing social media presence, known for his movies, tv appearances and print ads, but the major part of his life was his therapy work, giving back, spreading love and helping others, whether two legged or four legged.
A dog that is diagnosed with cancer needs love... and science. At FidoCure™ we are dog lovers and scientists here to deliver precision medicine.
FidoCure™ uses genomic testing to identify possible cancer-causing mutations and then suggests targeted therapy to precisely attack the cancer cells.
You probably don’t realize it, but dogs and cats get cancer at approximately the same rate as people do. Unfortunately, 80% of pet parents know little or nothing about pet cancer.
That’s why it’s so important to learn all you can about the disease. The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Pet Cancer Research, through the Pet Cancer Awareness (PCA) program, is devoted to raising awareness about the warning signs of cancer, as well as educating pet parents about ways to minimize the risk.
We think of our dogs and cats as family, which is why it is so devastating to hear about one of our furry friends getting cancer. So that's why Blue Buffalo and Petco partner each May to raise money to fight this terrible disease.
At PetCure Oncology, we provide pet families with support, knowledge and access to comprehensive and compassionate cancer care. We share the cancer journey with our patients and their families and believe they deserve the very best in clinical expertise and progressive treatment options.
The Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. Our organization will accomplish that mission in the following ways.
ACF is dedicated to funding innovative comparative oncology research to further the development of improved cancer diagnostics and treatments for pets and people.
Our pets are diagnosed with cancer at an alarming rate, with up to 60% of many breeds developing cancer in their lifetime. Cancer is also one of the most common causes of death in people. The most common cancers in our pets – lymphoma, bone cancer, breast cancer, bladder tumors, leukemia, brain tumors and sarcomas – are also very common in people, particularly in children.
Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt, all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to funding research, awareness and education of canine bone cancer, while offering hope and support to those who are coping with the disease in their dogs.
We believe that dogs and their families do not have to battle this disease alone.
Welcome to Feline Cancer Resources. This site is intented to be a gateway or clearinghouse for the numerous information available on the Internet on cancer in cats.
Our Mission is to help people who's cats have feline lymphoma [cancer], with support, information, tried treatments that may or may not be standards used by today's vets.
The National Canine Cancer Foundation is a nationwide, contribution funded, 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to eliminating Cancer as a major health issue in dogs by funding grants directly to Cancer researchers who are working to save dogs lives by finding cures, better treatments and accurate, cost effective diagnostic methods in dealing with canine Cancer.
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Despite the pervasiveness of the disease, there are still many myths out there about pet cancer. In the spirit of helping the tens of millions of pet parents on this journey with their pets—and for the many millions more who are lucky enough to have healthy pets—here are some truths everyone who loves a furry friend needs to know about pet cancer.
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