New Weapon in Canine Bone Cancer

A new study in dogs with cancer resulted in longer survival times without chemotherapy — and it may even mark progress for cancer in humans.

Canine Bone Cancer
Canine Bone Cancer. Photography ©Natali_Mis | Getty Images

ELIAS Animal Health have completed a study investigating the use of personalized vaccines to fight osteosarcoma cancer in dogs. Each vaccine, which is developed using cells from the dog’s actual tumor and combined with surgery, is extremely targeted to that animal’s particular cancer. Dogs in the study experienced longer survival times without chemotherapy. Studies like these performed in dogs are paving the way for studies investigating similar treatments in humans.

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About the author

Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is contributing writer for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian’s Approach to At-Home Animal Care (April 2019) and author of the book It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Making Sense of Animal Phrases (Lumina Press, 2006). Jackie is a regular contributor to pet and veterinary industry media and is the former editor of numerous pet magazines, including Dog World, Natural Dog, Puppies 101, Kittens 101 and the Popular Cats Series. Prior to starting her career in publishing, Jackie spent eight years working in veterinary hospitals where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and one memorable lion cub. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons and miniature poodle Jäger. Reach her at

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3 thoughts on “New Weapon in Canine Bone Cancer”

  1. Margaret Sullivan

    Very true Bill Pickersgill. I remember having a terrier /small collie cross when I and my sibling were kids. When we got older she was still part of the family. She was never spayed, never had pups, never vaccinated, never had a dental or never taken to a vet. She was wormed occasionally and ate what the family ate and she lived beyond 16 years , nearer to 17 years, [I think old age killed her] So it just proves the rubbish we’re feeding our pets today.

  2. Bill Pickersgill

    It’s about prevenitive , what’s the cause of cancer in dogs , just like in humans . The dog food is horrific it’s full of cancer causing chemicals , by- products that’s why they get cancer in the 1st place .
    There was no dog food before roughly the 70’s dogs ate what the people ate and they were way healthier and cancer was unheard of .

  3. This is fantastic news, particularly because this treatment has much better results than chemotherapy and is not chemotherapy. You really don’t have to think about this for very long before you realize that this is a very big deal!

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