Invisible virus is being evaluated as the next generation of compassionate cancer cures
August 10, 2012
The investigative FOXNews journalists caught up with the clinicians, nurses and researchers at California Veterinary Specialists Angel Care Cancer Center to learn how an invisible virus is being evaluated as the next generation of compassionate cancer cures in dogs, cats and people. Angel Care Cancer Center, a separate but allied non-profit research organization, the Special Care Foundation for Companion Animals and the San Diego based company Genelux have teamed up to affirm the safety an efficacy of a new cancer killing virus. The therapy includes a modification of a virus that has been used worldwide to wipe out smallpox as a threat to human health. Families who bring their beloved pets with cancer to Angel Care seek the highest level of advanced yet gentle cancer care and novel, new therapies that are likely to become the therapies of the future. The purpose of the study is to determine the optimum way of treating these dogs with cancer while taking these results to develop new approaches to enhance the cure rates in children and adults.
The CVS Angel Care Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer center that provides direct care for patients with cancer and their families. This team offers innovative clinical research to provide the very best diagnostics and treatments available to fight against cancer. They are a group of veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and human physicians that share a mutual philosophy: science may provide a cure, but compassionate care comes from the heart. The goal is to do everything possible to not only win the fight against cancer, but to ensure the treatment is healing, not hurting.
Neoplasia (nee-oh-PLAY-zhuh) is the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells or tissues in the body, and the abnormal growth itself is called a neoplasm (nee-oh-PLAZ-m) or tumor. It can be benign (bee-NINE) or malignant. Benign neoplasms do not grow aggressively, do not invade the surrounding body tissues, and do not spread throughout the body. Malignant neoplasms, on the other hand, tend to grow rapidly, invade the tissues around them, and spread, or metastasize (me-TAS-ta-size), to other parts of the body. The word “tumor” or “mass” is often ..
Investigators from California Veterinary Specialists empowered by funding from the Special Care Foundation for Companion Animals, has worked with the discovery team led by Dr. Genevieve Hansen to develop a novel therapy for T-cell lymphoma in dogs. The veterinary oncologists and nurses at all three CVS hospitals (Murrieta, Ontario and Carlsbad) executed a series of clinical and basic science trials to document the safety and efficacy of the monoclonal antibody therapy that triggers the immune system to kill the T cell lymphoma cancer cells ...
Come join us on Saturday, February 22, and support the San Diego K9 Cancer Walk Benefiting Morris Animal Foundation to help find a cure. California Veterinary Specialists will be there in full support of the Morris Foundation and will have a team walking as well. Our team name is Angel Care for the Cure and our Team Capitan is Leah Larscheidt. Please help support our team by joining us for the walk, donating to our team or just coming out to cheer us on. We hope to see you there!
In case you missed it, check out last week’s KUSI-TV live segment with Dr. Ogilvie as he discusses cancer treatment for animals.
The word cancer is as dark and empty as the disease it defines. A diagnosis of cancer often brings with it feelings of overwhelming fear, a spiraling sense of loss of control, and most devastating of all, the loss of hope. This occurs regardless of whether the patient is a human family member or a precious pet. I know, because I am a veterinary oncologist at California Veterinary Specialists Angel Care Cancer Center and am given the honor of doing everything I can to defeat cancer in my animal patients with compassionate care. Like my fellow...