If your pet has recently been diagnosed with a canine cancer, you have probably been doing your own research about the array of treatment options available. Through your research, you may have come across cancer vaccines for dogs either in the literature or online. The goal of this article is to help you better understand cancer vaccines and give you, the pet owner, some basic information prior to your appointment with your oncologist.
What Are Cancer Vaccines?
Cancer vaccines come in many forms, many of which are still at their preliminary stage of development. There have been vaccines developed for melanoma and osteosarcoma (bone cancer) as well as specific antibodies (protein complexes that recognize and help the immune system target specific markers) targeted against canine lymphoma. The field of immunotherapy in treating cancers has been thoroughly investigated and continues to be an exciting field in human medicine. It is also gaining tremendous popularity in treating canine cancers.
If you think about it, the basic mechanism of stimulating and allowing your own body to recognize a cancer cell as a foreign intruder makes inherent sense. The problem is, mechanisms that work in a cell culture environment/lab setting may not necessarily work in a clinical setting or in an actual patient with cancer. …Read the full article at PetMD