Friday, August 30, 2013

Canine Tumors & The Prospective Effect Of Cancer Research

By Rob Sutter

News 4 Jax posted an article regarding the treatment of tumors in canines, which is a serious condition. I'm sure that most would make the connection of cancer research with humans but this isn't the only way in which it is shown. In fact, there are many animals that are afflicted with this condition and should be treated with the best methods ones can imagine. The article in question talked about a dog and how glioblastoma had impacted him a couple of years in the past.

The dog's name is Petey and he had a large tumor known as glioma within the brain. The article said that it almost cut his life short a few years ago and according to Petey's owner, Alexander Frame, Petey initially had less than two months to live. However, there was a study done with the usage of a drug meant to help colon cancer. Clinical testing was soon done and Petey found himself being helped thanks to the procedure done by veterinarian Dr. Simon Platt.

The drug was given to Petey through direct application over the brain where the initial tumor was taken out beforehand. Platt went into detail about how tumors were nourished, since they fed off of the rest of the body. With this drug in place, the tumor was not able to feed off of other parts of the human anatomy, which cuts off its supply of nourishment entirely. While this is an interesting piece of news, what I did not know about was the similarities between canine tumors and human tumors.

This is the kind of concept that can be supported by organizations the likes of Voices against Brain Cancer, too. The article talked about how Petey's last MRI showed that there wasn't a tumor present, so it's apparent that there was success to be had. It has proven itself as a method and it's possible that it can assist many other canines, too. As this example of cancer research has shown, though, it's possible for humans to benefit from it, too, so it's an idea worth looking into.

Having said all of this, I feel as though there will be some modification, at least, done to the method in question. The reason that I say this, more than any other, has to do with the differences between dog anatomy and human anatomy. One cannot deny that there is potential behind this method, though, and I feel as though it deserves to be tapped into. Who is to say that we won't be able to learn more about treating tumors if this is done?

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