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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.