Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 22, 2012

Cancer treatment available for dogs

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If cancer is spotted, Wilson-Robles said there are various treatment options for most types of cancer.

“Once you know what it is you’re fighting then we can talk about various treatment options . . . there is usually something we can do,” she said.

Cancer treatment in dogs is similar to that of humans. Wilson-Robles said different treatment options for different cancers include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and therapy. There is also different experimental research such as clinical trials. The CVM, for example, has eight different clinical trials currently ongoing and various options using the new Diagnostic and Imaging Cancer Treatment Center or oncology services, Wilson-Robles said.

Although frequent wellness checks allow for a better chance to detect the cancer, there are not many ways to actually prevent the disease. Wilson-Robles recommended a few tips that may help reduce the risk of cancer. She said that, as with humans, cancer in dogs has been tied with obesity. For this, she suggested keeping dogs fit. She added to avoid chemicals such as yard sprays and limit the UV exposure of dogs and cats with light-colored skin by using sunscreen, UV shields on windows or T-shirts.

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Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University

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