Friday, July 3, 2015

Veterinary Highlights: Innovative Prostate Cancer Treatment

"There is no single definitive treatment for dogs with adenocarcinoma of the prostate gland. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy may increase the survival time.

Due to the close association of the prostate gland with the urethra, removal of the prostate gland by surgery is difficult and mostly unrewarding. Postoperative complications are high and difficult to manage. An alternative solution to disorders of the prostate, castration, does not help with adenocarcinoma of the prostate, as this tumor does not respond well afterward."

Presently, there isn't much out there to successfully treat prostate cancer in dogs. Surgical solution isn't a good option, which leaves radiation and chemotherapy in attempt to increase survival time.

Dr. Bill Culp, VMD, DACVS, at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is pioneering an innovative, minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer in dogs.

Dr. Bill Culp with police dog Kopper, who has been successfully treated with the new procedure.
Photo: US Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Inspired by recent advances in human cancer treatment, this procedure is minimally invasive and involves blocking off the blood supply to the tumor. The size of the gland and the tumor decrease as the cells die from the lack of blood supply (and nutrients).

So far, six dogs received this treatment and the results are promising.

To me it sounds quite ingenious and I am excited to see where it goes.

This procedure should both increase quality of life as well as prolonged survival for dogs with prostate cancer.

Source article:
UC Davis Veterinarian Having Success with Innovative Prostate Cancer Treatment

Further reading:
Canine prostate cancer procedure shows promising results

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