Dogs with Skin Cancer Wanted for Study

Up to 60 dogs with skin cancer are needed to test new vaccine.

Posted: April 14, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Veterinarians at the University of Florida are seeking dogs with skin cancer (melanoma) to take part in a study of a new vaccine designed to fight the spread of skin cancer.

The project is one of three canine melanoma studies under way across the country. All three are designed to use a dog’s immune system to fight the spread of the skin cancer.

Melanomas are formed when the pigment-producing cells of the skin multiply out of control. In the case of malignant melanoma, the cancerous cells spread to the lymph nodes and lungs.

In dogs, skin tumors can appear anywhere on the body, but are most frequently seen in the nail beds, eyes and mouth.

Oral melanomas are most common in highly pigmented breeds such as the Chow Chow, German Shepherd Dog, Poodle or Schnauzer. Symptoms include growths in the mouth, bad breath and drooling.

The university study is accepting up to 60 cases and the dogs will be followed for two to three years. Anyone who would like more information about the melanoma study may call (352) 392-4700, ext. 4700.


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Sylvia   South Lake Tahoe, CA

3/11/2010 9:21:54 AM

Where is this study being conducted in northern california? Would like to know as my 9 year old retriever has a growth in her nose, which is causing her to bleed from the nostril. I do not know if it is cancer, all the vet will tell me is that it is a growth and will spread eventually to the eye or the other nostril. As I sit here I can observe that she is very congested. the vet has given her a death sentence, because he has done everything he can. He currently has her on predisone and an antibiotic called

I will gladly participate in this study if there is one in the northern california area.

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Lisa   Jacksonville, FL

2/13/2009 4:31:41 PM

My going on 13 or 14, not sure hold old he was when we adopted him, doberman is covered in large lumps some have broken open open and wont heal. Our Vet thinks it is skin cancer but becuase of his age not a good option for surgery. He has been in our lives for 12+ years and the best dog ever. If he can be a part of a study to help some dogs in the future it would be a great ending to his legacy. Please consider my Hogan for study.

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stephanie   chappell hill, TX

10/13/2008 8:44:33 AM

My dog has skin cancer very bad on his belly,toe pads and hind legs. I give him a tylenol everyday to help with the pain but know its hard for him to get up and it may have already started to damage hisd insides since he has had this for two
I would hate to take him and leave him in a strange place at this time anDs was wondering if you had a facility in Texas, also do you send the medicine home to where I can administer myself?

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Debi   Los Lunas, NM

9/5/2008 8:25:08 PM

Is this study on=going? Do you charge the patients? I have a mini schnauzer who is actually receiving the vaccine after surgical removal of an aggressive cancer from her foot (part amputation of her toes/toe pad. The cost is astronomical (500.-- each vaccine (four so far) and that doesn't include any of the surgery (1700.00) and all the blood work, liver biopsies, etc., etc.

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