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How IFx-VET has Changed Pet Cancer Treatment Using Immunotherapy

cancer cellAs continuous improvements in our knowledge and new and evolving methods of pet cancer treatment are developed, pet owners and their veterinarians have more options available when cancer is diagnosed. The main concern in deciding upon a course of treatment should be what is best to maintain the quality of life of your pet. Treatment may help alleviate symptoms such as pain and greatly improve the quality of the pet’s remaining life. Certain tests are used to confirm or eliminate the diagnosis, and to help assess treatment options and likely outcomes. Because individual situations and responses vary, many cancers often behave unpredictably.

What is Immunotherapy treatment?

Immunotherapy is the use of the immune system to kill cancer cells. A healthy animal’s immune system is sometimes capable of recognizing cancer cells as abnormal and responding with special cells and factors that can destroy those cells. However, in cases where cancer has developed, this immune response is typically weak or absent. In some cases, cancer cells are able to reduce the ability of the immune system to respond. Therefore, stimulating or enhancing the immune system may be helpful in some cases.

The IFx-VET treatment is a method of stimulating the immune system to recognize the cancer cells specifically and selectively by a vaccine approach. The goal of this vaccine is to “kick start” the immune system so that it will recognize cancer cells and kill them. Furthermore, by using the immune system, the vaccine will stimulate immune “memory,” meaning that if and when the cancer does return, the immune system will recognize the cancer cells again and eliminate them.

Why IFx-VET is Making an Impact?

The IFx-VET treatment not only helps bring novel effective immunotherapies into the canine cancer clinics but also has important translational relevance for human patients suffering from similar cancers. Cancers in dogs have complex causes, a fact that also holds true with humans. The interaction of the environment, food, and genetic disposition are the most well-known factors. Today nearly all methods of human medicine are basically available for dogs with cancer, but this is not always true of cancer immunotherapy. Cancer immunotherapy has been established and used very successfully in human medicine. However, it has just recently become available in the veterinarian world.

How Effective is IFx-VET

By allowing a more active and vigilant immune system, doctors have seen outstanding responses with IFx-VET patients with varying types of cancer. Thousands of doses of IFx-VET vaccines have been administered to date, and the results are incredibly promising. IFx-VET can be effective at:

  • Preventing or delaying recurrence or metastases of a tumor that have been surgically removed
  • Reducing the size of a tumor that cannot be surgically removed
  • Improving survival rates

While IFx-VET is recommended for all types and stages of cancer, as with other treatments, it may be more effective in early stages of pet cancer. Your veterinarian will closely monitor your pet’s progress, but in many cases, a positive response to the therapy may be seen in as little as 4-6 weeks.

How Do I Get IFx-VET?

If you are a pet owner, talk to your veterinarian about IFx-VET as soon as you receive a pet cancer diagnosis. Only he or she can perform the surgery to harvest tumor cells, order and administer the vaccines. Your veterinarian will sit down with you and explain the process, review the potential benefits, and disclose the cost. Together you will decide if it’s the right cancer treatment for your pet.

If you are a veterinarian, learn more about the science behind this revolutionary immunotherapy pet cancer vaccine by contacting us at (813) 877-7896 or via email at Steve Hazell shazell@veterinaryoncologyservices.com and downloading the IFx-VET brochure to get started today.

Florida’s Growing Foothold in Animal Health

Florida's Growing Foothold in Animal Health
Florida has a large and growing presence in the booming market for animal health products and services. And it’s well positioned to take on an even bigger role in this exciting industry. Florida, after all, has a long history in agriculture and an expanding selection of veterinary clinics serving pet owners statewide. Add to that the University of Florida’s reputation as a highly regarded source of both veterinary training and research, and it’s no surprise that the state has become a prime destination for animal health product developers and service providers.

The global animal health market is worth around $23.9 billion per year and has been growing at an annual rate of 4%. Almost half of that value is in the Americas, with just under a third in Europe (see Figure 1). About 62% of those dollars are spent on pharmaceuticals, 26% on biotechnology products and 12% on medicinal food additives. Three-fifths of the global animal health spend is on food animals, but as the popularity of pet ownership increases around the world, the companion animal health sector is projected to grow significantly.

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An Affordable New Cancer Treatment For Pets With No Harmful Side Effects

Portrait of a chocolate brown labradorIf you have recently learned that your beloved pet has cancer, you may feel overwhelmed as you begin researching treatment options. Like with cancer in humans, there are many treatments available depending on the type, stage and location of the cancer, as well as how much money you are willing to spend. An unfortunate reality is that most cancer treatments for pets, as with humans, are very costly and come with unpleasant side effects. Watching your four-legged companion suffer through chemotherapy is difficult, and many pet owners struggle with the decision to pursue drug-based pet cancer treatments. Continue reading

Fox 13 – Dog cancer treatment featured with Moonshot Summit

It’s a health initiative so big, it’s being compared to the project that landed us on the moon – but this time, the goal is to defeat cancer. After losing his son to brain cancer, Vice President Joe Biden is vowed a nationwide effort to fight the deadly disease, and on June 29 he held a summit at Howard University in Washington DC as a kick-off to the Moonshot initiative. IFx-VET’s work on canine cancer and feline cancer treatment was featured.

News 8 – Moonshot Summit coverage and IFx-VET Cancer Research for dogs and cats

It’s being called the cancer “moonshot.” During his State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama announced an effort to speed up cancer research. On June 29 Vice President Joe Biden held a “cancer Moonshot summit” to bring researchers across the country together to talk about their efforts. At Morphogenesis researchers are already working on creative approaches to speed up new treatments to fight the disease for dogs, cats, and horses.