Posts with tag cancer

What Is My Pet’s Cancer Stage? What Does That Even Mean Anyway?

Veterinary oncology is raft with confusing terminology. We toss around intricate multi-syllable words such as metronomic chemotherapy, radiosensitizer, and remission with little regard for their complexity of definition. I constantly need to remind myself to remember to simplify the language and take the time to explain the details thoroughly. As an example, owners will often… read more

UC Davis Veterinarian Offers Innovative Cancer Treatment

Things were not looking good for Barkely in March 2012. This 9-year-old male chocolate Labrador retriever was diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma, a cancer inside his nasal cavity. After a year of treatment with chemotherapy by his referring veterinarian, Barkley’s clinical signs were progressing and he was brought to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital… read more


Westminster and Crufts BIS Breeders Speak Out, plus Goldens and Cancer Research

If there’s anything we dog people feel more strongly about than health in our beloved pets, I don’t know what it would be. Last week’s article, “Inbreeding: A Force for Good — or a Skeleton in Our Closet?” generated a lot of response, both to the website and via emails sent directly to me. They… read more


New Canine Jaw Surgery May Lead to Better Treatment for People

“I love the fact that it may help humans someday.” After finding out that his 10-year-old Munsterlander had a tumor on his jaw, opting for a new $8,000 surgery to remove part of the lower jaw, then seeing Whiskey become the face of the ground-breaking procedure, that’s what Tom Swierk, Whiskey’s owner, has to say…. read more


Solving the Cancer Puzzle One Cell at a Time

In Matthew Breen’s lab at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, you won’t see dogs in cages, not even those that are sick with cancer and will soon die. Instead you will find microscopes. And under those microscopes, cells, and within those cells, chromosomes, the building blocks of what our dogs are. Specifically, you’ll find… read more