Immunotherapy treatments are a hot topic in the area of treating human malignancies, which begs the question in the minds of many pet owners whose dogs or cats are diagnosed with cancer: where are these therapies for the four-legged members of the family? There are several barriers to making immunotherapies available in the veterinary space. However, a recent article in Veterinary Practice News by Hans Klingemann, MD, PhD, details some of these challenges and highlights the work being done by ELIAS Animal Health to overcome such barriers. “While patient survival outcomes using traditional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation have not significantly changed in the past couple of decades, they still remain the proven standard of care used by veterinary oncologists,” said Noe Reyes, Chief Medical Officer for ELIAS. “There is a significant unmet need for safer and more effective therapies to treat cancer. Immunotherapies, including adoptive T cell [...]
The University of Missouri recently shared progress on their work in helping advance ELIAS Animal Health’s treatment for bone cancer in dogs. The canine immunotherapy treatment is now available at MU, as well as at other universities and specialty hospitals across the country. Dr. Jeff Bryan, director of the MU's Comparative Oncology and Epigenetics Laboratory and principal investigator of the clinical trial, said of the treatment, “It’s the first time that dogs with osteosarcoma have experienced prolonged survival without receiving chemotherapy, which is really exciting.” Read the full announcement.
One in four dogs will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and that’s only one of many diseases that can present a pet owner with a difficult health decision for their pet. This article highlights that an increasing number of pet owners are choosing to mitigate the financial challenges inherent in advanced treatments by purchasing pet insurance. According to Sarah A. Moser in a recent DVM360 article, the percentage of pets covered by insurance continues to grow, and looks to be accelerating with the millennial generation owning an ever increasing percent of total dogs and cats. Our inquiries indicate that ECI® from ELIAS is covered by many insurance companies today, when prescribed by a veterinarian. veterinarybusiness.dvm360.com/future-trend-millennials-could-be-boost-pet-insurance-needs