AVMA Health News Bytes: Targeting Tenacious Tumors

Thanks to an advanced cancer treatment available in Japan called carbon ion radiation therapy, many Japanese cancer patients face a much better prognosis than their cancer brethren here in the United States. Researchers at Colorado State University, including those at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, are looking to even the playing field. Carbon ion therapy, which allows for a more precise dose of cancer-destroying radiation and minimizes damage to healthy tissues, is not available in the U.S. Colorado State researchers are working to bring it here, where they hope to test the treatment on naturally occurring animal tumors at the university’s Animal Cancer Center. For more information, contact Dell Rea Moellenberg at 970-491-6009 or dellrae.moellenberg@colostate.edu.

AVMA Health News Bytes highlights developments in the world of comparative medicine and its enormous impact on human and animal health. Veterinarians are among the many medical professionals leading the way in finding new treatments and cures for people affected by such things as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

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