Features September 2009 Issue

Canine Health News and Current Events

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine opened clinical trials in June 2009 for dogs with brain cancer. Any dog with a primary brain tumor (one that originates inside the brain) may be eligible. The program will cover almost all costs for dogs enrolled in the trial. Batman is a 10-year-old German Shepherd-mix with an aggressive type of brain tumor one that usually causes death within a month of diagnosis. In August 2008, Batman was the subject of what has developed as a breakthrough experimental treatment. One year later, Batman has no evidence of the disease a response so impressive that the National Cancer Institute is funding further research for 50 dogs. If additional grants and donations come through, the number will be increased to 100 dogs. Without funding, treatment would cost between $10,000 and $20,000 per dog.

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