Indy's Story



Thanks to the efforts and vision of veterinary oncologists, a diagnosis of
cancer can offer hope even in the face of staggering statistics: The number
one natural cause of death in geriatric cats and dogs, cancer accounts for
nearly 50 percent of pet deaths each year. Still it's one of our most
treatable diseases.
Over the years, generous research support from organizations such as the
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation has led to the
creation of some of the first cancer vaccines. On a broader scale, newer
treatment regimens are helping animals diagnosed with cancer to live longer
lives with fewer side effects. Many of these discoveries are now routinely
used for pet cancer care worldwide. Radiation therapy, a standard cancer
treatment for decades, is now being delivered more safely and effectively.
An entire line of inquiry focuses on redirecting the immune system to fight
off cancer: for example, by developing immunotherapy programs to
successfully treat cancers such as osteosarcoma, melanoma, and
hemangiosarcoma. Other work on cancer genetics seeks to understand how
cancer cells survive and spread to different parts of the body. Reducing
and preventing chemotherapy—induced toxicity — notably through
pioneering the use of liposomes to deliver cancer-fighting drugs — is
another important agenda in the world of veterinary oncology.


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