What are clinical trials?

Cancer Cells - Dog Lymphoma TreatmentClinical trials are research studies designed to answer specific scientific questions, such as ‘Can we create options for dog lymphoma treatment’. They are used in all specialties of veterinary medicine to evaluate new types of treatment. Oncology clinical trials are typically designed to determine the anti-cancer effects and safety profile of new drugs, new surgical procedures, new radiation therapy procedures, or other non-conventional approaches to treatment (such as gene therapy or immunotherapy).

In addition to helping veterinary oncologists develop and improve methods of detecting and treating animal cancer, clinical studies can improve the quality of care animals and their owners receive. By participating in a clinical trial, owners take a more active roll in their pet’s treatment, gain access to new treatments and help others by adding to the body of veterinary research.

Your veterinary specialist can help review standard treatment and clinical trial options that might be most suitable for your pet. Ultimately, it is your decision whether or not you want your pet to participate in a clinical trial after weighing the benefits and risks. It is important to discuss your pet’s participation with your family and your pet’s veterinarian and/or veterinary specialist. Our dog lymphoma treatment needs to be the right fit for you, as well as for your pet.

If your pet needs help now, a clinical trial may be your best hope.

Search the National Veterinary Cancer Clinical Trials Database for a trial that may fit your needs.