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HER2/neu Osteosarcoma Immunotherapy

HER2/neu Osteosarcoma Immunotherapy │ Dr. Sue Ettinger Q&A


Is there a new immunotherapy for dogs with osteosarcoma? Can you get your dog into clinical trials, or is it commercially available?


Episode Notes

There is a new immunotherapy treatment in trials for dogs with osteosarcoma, and today Dr. Sue Cancer Vet talks to Leo about it. This new therapy uses the HER2/neu target to stimulate the dog’s own immune system to go after osteosarcoma cells. It’s based on research out of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Sue Ettinger explains a little bit about how it works and how to get Leo’s dog Luke into treatment.

Dr. Sue is co-author with Dr. Demian Dressler of our podcast sponsor, the book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

To find out which veterinary hospitals were involved in clinical trials for the osteosarcoma immunotherapy trials, contact Elanco using their website: https://www.elanco.com/contact

For a summary article about the newest veterinary trials featuring immunotherapy, including the trial discussed in this episode on the HER2/neu target, see this article: https://www.americanveterinarian.com/journals/amvet/2019/january2019/new-veterinary-oncology-therapeutics

Here’s a link to the paper about the initial research on PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26994144

And here’s the press release about her vaccine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine: https://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/press-room/press-releases/article/innovative-vaccine-offers-canine-cancer-patients-a-shot-at-a-longer-happier-life

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Sue Cancer Vet:

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, and YouTube vlogger (video blogger).  A dynamic and engaging speaker, she was voted the 2019 Western Veterinary Conference Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year. She is one of approximately 450 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America and currently practices at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She received her veterinary training at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in medical oncology at the Animal Medical Center in NYC in 2003.

Also known as Dr Sue Cancer Vet®, she is most passionate about raising cancer awareness and has developed “See Something, Do Something, Why Wait? Aspirate.®” to promote early cancer detection and diagnosis.  She is a frequent contributor to Today’s Veterinary Practice, Today’s Veterinary Business, Clinician’s Brief, Veterinary Team Brief, & DVM360.

Dr Sue loves to use social media to help clients and veterinary professionals deal with cancer in pets, including Instagram, her YouTube channel, and her popular Facebook page with over 38,000 fans.

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Sue Ettinger AKA Dr. Sue Cancer Vet

DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology)

New York, USA

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, and vlogger. She is also co-author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide and a passionate advocate of early cancer detection and raising cancer awareness.