Read the latest news and updates from the Werling Comparative Oncology Research Center.
Scientists in the Werling Comparative Oncology Research Center (WCORC) recently published a new study in the scientific journal Frontiers in Oncology titled: ”Identification of a naturally-occurring canine model for early detection and intervention research in high grade urothelial carcinoma”. Note that urothelial carcinoma is another name for the bladder cancer - transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), a term more familiar to many pet owners. The article can be found on PubMed. The study was aimed at improving the outlook for pet dogs and humans facing invasive urinary bladder cancer by focusing on early cancer detection and treatment in dogs with a high inherited risk for bladder cancer, i.e. Scottish Terriers. This is a unique study in that it focused on finding cancer early before there was any outward evidence of the disease, and treating it when it should be more responsive to drugs. The study was highly successful through the combined efforts of the Purdue team, veterinarians in the field, and the Scottish Terrier community.
Some of the key findings were:
In Comparative Oncology news, the National Cancer Institute has announced the development of an Integrated Canine Data Commons (ICDC). Many different types of information on dog tumors, including genomics, pathology, clinical features, and case outcomes can be deposited into the ICDC. Scientists from all over the world can study the information from dogs and compare it with human cancer patient data from the Cancer Research Data Commons! This is expected to lead to a much better understanding of the similarities and differences between canine and human cancer and better outcomes for cancer patients in both species. Multiple Purdue scientists are involved in the effort and have contributed two of the initial data sets in the Commons.
The Werling Comparative Oncology Research Center is excited to announce that we are now carrying Tanovea™ (rabacfosadine), a new treatment for dogs with lymphoma.
If you have questions about Tanovea at Purdue, please call 765-494-1107 and ask to speak with a member of the Oncology staff.