When a new approach to medical issues is found, many steps must be completed before it can be officially used for any medical problem.
To bring a new contenter all the way to FDA approval, it is estimated that it takes about 15 years and (as a very low estimate) about 50 million dollars.
This is one of the reasons it is hard to get new treatments out.
Seriously, how many people have the resources, and the commitment, to push this through to the end?
Very few. Even getting to clinical trials is a major accomplishment, let alone a new pharmaceutical approved by the FDA.
We have received two pieces of very good news concerning some of the ideas presented in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.
First, I have been receiving telephone calls from oncologists around the country who are interested in the ideas presented in the Guide.
They like the fact that there are new approaches to cancer with a real clinical foundation that they can use for their patients.
Another plus is that many of the leaders in conventional veterinary care are now realizing the importance of the environment within the body, not simply the disease (the “target” of conventional veterinary care).
A second piece of news is that we have received a grant from the Federal Government under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project. The grant was awarded following a rigorous application process.
This is great because it means that eventually, by using the ideas presented in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, we may be able to help humans as well as pets with cancer.
Although this is encouraging, more funding is needed. If you have interest or know somebody who would like to become involved in this project, please comment on this blog post!
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.