Smithsonian: Cats Get Breast Cancer Too, and We Can Learn From It

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A recent article on explored the link between mammary cancer in cats and how the nature of rapid development could inform how cancer develops in human breast tissue. “When cats develop mammary cancer, it is much more malignant, similar to double- or triple-negative cancers in women,” says Rodney Page at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. If the tumor is small and hasn’t spread to the lymphatic system or the lungs, surgery is often very successful, he says. “Beyond surgery, chemotherapy has been tried the most, and there are some cancer chemo-therapeutics for cats that have been studied. But we don’t have large clinical studies that show they are successful. The situation in cats is going to require some new thinking. It’s an opportunity to identify new strategies.”