Many dog lovers hear grim survival statistics after receiving a dog cancer diagnosis, and it is extremely overwhelming.
So much so that they go on a search for new and innovative ways to get better odds, longer survival times, and better life quality.
Well, the same thing happened to me! Why settle for stats that are so dismal, when we can perhaps sharpen our ax by looking outside the box to deal with canine cancer?
Today, we will be looking at another new technology that can be used to help fight canine cancer.
Royer Animal Health has produced a product called Matrix 3 beads. These little guys are about the size of a small “BB”, and they are loaded with cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug.
The way they work is this: the beads get implanted into an area that has cancer cells in it during surgery. Then over time, the beads get broken down, slowly releasing the cancer-fighting cisplatin into the area around the beads.
Why are they interesting?
Well, when we are giving chemotherapy, we usually do it by vein as an injection, or maybe by mouth as a pill. Then the drug has to get into the circulation, passed around the body, taken up into the tissues, and get a cancer-killing concentration in the cancer areas.
This usually takes a lot of drug. And this is the reason why we get some of the side effects that we see with chemotherapy. The cancer cells are not the only cells getting hit with the chemo drug- the healthy body cells do as well.
Now, if we put a little local “deposit” of chemo in a tissue, we can achieve high concentrations of the drug there while the body cells receive very little. This way we can get higher concentrations than the usual means by themselves.
This is a very nice approach, especially for the tumors where we can’t remove all of the cancer cells with a simple surgery.
Some applications could be osteosarcoma, melanoma, fibrosarcoma, squamous cell carcinomas, and others.
Now, this is a new therapy, but it shows much promise. Discuss it with your vet and oncologist. It is a prescription and is available for veterinary professional orders though Wedgewood pharmacy.
I hope this helps!
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.