While chemotherapy for canine lymphoma kills cancer cells, it also wreaks havoc on the dog’s immune system.
|T-cell killing cancer cell. Image OMICS Group, Scientific blog|
(There are already other therapies out there using the same concept--employing patient's own cells to treat disease; such as the stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma therapy)
The preliminary study yielded better results than expected.
B-cell lymphoma, the most common type, is the most deadly when untreated. Standard chemotherapy treatment often results in only one year of durable remission.
Could T-cell therapy replace chemotherapy for canine lymphoma all together?
Dr. Wilson’s Texas A&M team, along with researchers from MD Anderson, are working on it. The initial trial results are promising. After all, a healthy immune system was designed to prevent cancer from developing to start out with.
I think it's a great idea. Helping the immune system instead of crippling it.
I am excited to see what else this research brings.
Dog owners interested in helping with this research may be able to get involved in Texas A&M’s clinical trials. The Clinical Trials page on the university’s website explains which dogs are eligible to participate, and how to enroll in the trials.
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