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The Texas Veterinary Cancer Registry

Posted by Erich Trapp on May 26, 2012

The Texas Veterinary Cancer Registry (TVCR) is a Texas-based animal care database formed to identify and register pets with cancer in order to facilitate and promote their medical treatment that lead to cures for cancer in pets and people.

As a joint effort of the CARE Foundation, Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) at Dallas and the Texas Veterinary Oncology Group, The Texas Veterinary Cancer Registry will advance medical breakthroughs in both animal and human care, helping to ensure that new treatments are available for cancer in humans become available to animals in an efficient and timely manner.

The TVCR will advance veterinary cancer research by gathering information from pet owners whose pets have been diagnosed with a naturally-occurring cancer. Subsequent enrollment in clinical trials of new drugs and devices to improve the animal’s healthcare may be possible.

Their Mission

The Texas Veterinary Cancer Registry aims to advance veterinary cancer research and to create connections between researchers, veterinarians and owners of pets with naturally-occurring disease that could provide the critical data to someday help eliminate cancer as we know it. 

Click here to find out how the registry works and how you can register your dog or cat.

About Pet Cancer

Cancer is a group of diseases in which abnormal cells grow without control, they invade surrounding tissues and ultimately spread to organs throughout the body. There are more than a hundred specific cancer types, each showing unique behaviors and requiring tumor specific treatment strategies. In a normal body, new cells (which form the structures of the body and control its functions) are constantly being made to replace old or damaged cells. This process is very well regulated with a delicate balance existing between cell multiplication and cell death to maintain the right number of cells. When this process goes wrong and the body begins to produce more cells than it needs and/or cells don’t die when they should, the extra cells may undergo genetic changes and can then form a mass called a tumor.

The article is extensive and covers: Canine Tumors, Insulinomas, Chondrosarcoma of the bone in dogs, Hemangioma and Hemangiosarcoma in dogs, Canine Lymphosarcoma (LSA), Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Basal Cell Carcinomas, Lymphoma, Osteosarcoma, and Melanoma. To read the full article, please click here.

To contact TCVR, please follow this link.

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“Man’s best friend may conquer man’s most feared illnesses, say Texas A&M veterinarians”

Posted by Erich Trapp on May 10, 2012

Texas A&M veterinary professor Heather Wilson-Robles with some of her canine patients.

This article is from EarthSky.

“COLLEGE STATION, May 9, 2012 – It could be that man’s best friend might one day be man’s best healer.”

“Dogs are among the best animals when it comes to providing models for better medical treatments in humans, and with more than 77 million dogs in the United States alone, it’s another way the human-animal bond has become closer than anyone had ever dreamed. Researchers at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences are looking into ways how dogs – and several other animal types – can provide a variety of medical benefits to people, ranging from bone cancer studies to spinal cord injuries and others.”

“Dogs can be ideal models to study,” says Theresa Fossum, director of the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies.

“This is especially true when it comes to certain types of cancer. Cancers in dogs, such as bone cancer, lymphoma and many other types of tumors, are almost identical to those same kinds found in humans and they tend to develop faster and run their course quicker, so it’s an ideal way to see if a certain therapy will work. Dogs also tend to be better predictors of how new cancer drugs and medical devices can work. By studying cancer treatments in dogs, we can come up with better and more improved ways to treat cancer in humans and animals.”


” Bone cancer in dogs, Fossum explains, is almost identical to human bone cancer. To get a big picture of just how the disease forms and progresses in dogs, Fossum has helped to create the Texas Veterinary Cancer Registry, a database of treatment information. ”

For the full article, and to find out more about the Texas Veterinary Cancer Registry, please follow this link.

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“Cancer collaboration could someday help dogs and their humans”

Posted by Erich Trapp on May 9, 2012

When being treated for cancer, Jessy, Troyanskaya’s dog, brought the Princeton researcher and Sorenmo together, launching their ongoing research collaboration. (Photo copyright by Olga Troyanskaya)

“Cancer collaboration could someday help dogs and their humans”

An extensive article from Princeton University on collaborative work in comparative oncology. 2 Million Dogs’ recent contribution to Princeton’s work has helped further this critical research.

Thanks to all our supporters and sponsors whose continued support make contributions like this possible. Through work like this, we’re closer to finding the causes of cancer in companion animals and people.

From the article posted May 7, 2012 by Catherine Zandonella: “Through the work funded by 2 Million Dogs, Troyanskaya and her team hope to find gene expression patterns that govern the transformation of a tumor from a benign to malignant state, contribute to tumor growth and govern metastasis. The investigators anticipate that their studies will be a starting point for developing diagnostic methods that veterinarians and doctors can use to predict whether a newly discovered tumor will grow slowly or rapidly. They also hope to identify novel pathways that could serve as targets of new drugs to treat cancer.”

To read the entire article and see how your contributions are supporting this valuable research, please click on this link.

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