If ever a cure would come along for cancer, what a wonderful discovery and world this would be. Colorado State University is taking that challenge on as it opens its doors for dogs to enroll in its latest cancer prevention vaccine study.
The Denver Post is reporting the Vaccination Against Canine Cancer study is the largest clinical canine trial ever and will be done on 150 dogs in three locations across the United States.
In the event the study proves successful, this could become a preventative tool against cancer in pets but also to people in cancer’s earlier stages.
“This is the first trial ever conducted with the intent of trying to prevent a bunch of different kinds of cancer simultaneously,” said Dr. Douglas Thamm, director of clinical research at the Flint Animal Cancer at CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
The study will take place over five years’ time and expected outcomes for success consist of three components. The biggest success would be that dogs who get the vaccine would get less cancer or never develop it at all. Dr. Thamm also says that two other successes would be if “some kinds of cancers were found to be prevented or if cancer wasn’t prevented, altogether, but delayed.”
More information about enrollment, eligibility, and the study can be found by visiting CSU Cancer Center’s page.