Today is World Cancer Day! And a Promising Drug to Fight Canine Lymphoma!

Today is World Cancer Day, a day marked to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its detection in early stages and treatment and prevention.  I encourage you to learn about what you can do as an dog-parent to detect cancer in your dogs early.  I cover this in my book, and plan to do a blog post about it soon.  Stay tuned!

On another note, I’ve just learned about a new drug that is being used to combat canine lymphoma, which is one of the most common cancers in dogs.  The drug is called Tanovea-CA1 and was developed by a company called VetDC Inc. out of Fort Collins, Colorado.  It has received conditional approval for one-year use in dogs from the US FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

The drug is designed “to target and attack rapidly dividing lymphoma cancer cells.”  It is administered intravenously in three-week intervals, for up to five doses.  In addition to the intravenous treatments, blood tests, scans and veterinary care are also required, which can be quite costly according to an article in the Coloradoan.