Moving Cancer Treatment for Pets Forward: A National Effort

Over the past several years, approaches to treating companion animal cancer are rapidly aligning with those of their human counterparts, and leading veterinarians are increasingly optimistic about the future. Dr. David Haworth, President of the Morris Animal Foundation, sums up the approach to pet cancer tidily: “It’s a disease. It’s not magic, it’s not evil. We already have pretty effective ways of dealing with cancer.” Experts attribute the growing awareness and interest in pet cancer treatment to increased pet life expectancy – many pets are living longer, so that the incidence of cancers in companion animals is rising. In the face of this trend, veterinarians like Dr. Laura Garrett, President of the Veterinary Cancer Society are optimistic about current and future treatment options. “Pets very much are members of the family for many people, and thus, there is more motivation and dedication to try to prolong lives,” Dr. Garrett said. Treatment options are also accelerated by the fact that oncology is a field where new knowledge translates very quickly to the clinic, and places like the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University are actively conducting trials on a number of promising novel anticancer treatments for pets. To read more about how cancer in pets is transitioning from heartbreaking to manageable, the various studies underway to find a cure and the people behind the research, you can read the original post here on the AVMA website, written by Katie Burns.