Canine Cancers 101

I will be posting a series of articles on the various canine cancers. The first installment is an overview, a Canine Cancer 101 of sorts. This particular piece I pulled from the site. It’s really one of the best explanations of cancer in terms of simplicity that I’ve ever read.

I’ve dealt with a number of the canine cancers in my own dogs over the years, including osteosarcoma (bone cancer), lymphoma, mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcoma. Future installments will explore each of these cancers in depth to foster understanding of these very complicated diseases. Beyond this Cancer 101 Overview, my Cancer Series will follow, with a different canine cancer being explored each month, starting in January. Hopefully readers will find these articles helpful and informative.

The premier installment includes a “What is Cancer” article with clear explanations and a fabulous piece entitled Cancer in Dogs: Mechanism and Cause by Dr. Larry Thornburg (University of Missouri). In it he discusses various carcinogens and toxins that our dogs are and can be exposed to, cancer DNA, and the different cancer treatments employed and why they prove so difficult. A very eye-opening article. Thank you Dr. Thornburg!

The series begins here:

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