Having recently lost Lyssa, a wonderful Belgian Malinois, to breast cancer that spread to her lymph system, I was very interested in today’s news about research and treatment options for dogs who have cancer. Lyssa was always my “guardian angel,” trotting faithfully (and anxiously) around the perimeter of the arena whenever I was riding. Nothing I ever did convinced her that horseback riding was a safe activity, and she would not relax until I got off the horse. . . I really wished there had been some way to treat her cancer, so I’m very interested in new advances in this area.
If you’d like to read more about Cheryl London’s research at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State, please click on the link below. Dr. London is among a small group of veterinary oncologists in the United States who are funded to conduct research with dogs in order to advance and accelerate cancer research in humans. Dogs share many of the same types of cancer as humans, and treatment advances in one species can often translate to the other.
In this article, she offers simple tips to dog owners about watching for signs of cancer, and what to do if your dog is diagnosed with cancer.