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Dog vaccine offers hope as the first potential therapeutic treatment for horses with melanoma.


2014/08/03

By the time veterinarians see horses with melanomas, many of these patients have locally advanced tumors and surgical removal is no longer a treatment option. With Morris Animal Foundation funding, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and research colleagues from Lincoln Memorial University, Merial Ltd and the University of Tennessee evaluated a vaccine currently used to treat melanomas in dogs. They found that tumor bearing horses responded well to the vaccine. In fact, most of the treated horses in the study showed dramatic tumor shrinkage and developed antitumor immune responses after vaccination. Based on these results, Dr. Phillips is continuing to monitor these patients and administer booster vaccines for another two years.

For further information: (see ACVIM abstract)

Findings presented at annual ACVIM Forum in Nashville, TN June 2014 

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