Liver Cancer Study from Morris Animal Foundation
em>I received a phone call recently regarding this study taking place through Morris Animal Foundation. They asked that I post this information to my blog to let people know about the study and where to donate if anyone is interested. It is a great foundation and organization and hopefully they can help us put an end to canine liver cancer!
Using Human Diagnostic Tools to Identify Liver Cancers
Dr. Elizabeth A. Ballegeer, Michigan State University, First Award Grant
Total Study Cost: $115,687
Thoroughly evaluating masses in the canine liver presents a diagnostic challenge. It requires invasive diagnostic techniques, such as biopsy and fine-needle aspiration, that are sometimes effective but usually don’t completely show microscopic changes in liver masses. Imaging is particularly relevant in the diagnostic evaluation of the canine liver. This study will examine a radioactive drug used to diagnose human cancer combined with both positron emission tomography and computed tomography to determine whether this noninvasive technique can help diagnose liver disease and expedite therapeutic intervention in dogs. Results from this study will contribute to the little information known about the use of this particular form of imaging in diagnosing and prescribing treatment for canine liver cancers.