Scottish Terrier participates in clinical trial for bladder cancer

Scottish Terrier participates in clinical trial for bladder cancer treatment

Scottish Terrier participates in clinical trial for bladder cancer

Many thanks to the reader who sent this link to an article about some exciting news in the treatment of canine bladder cancer, an illness that afflicts Scottish Terriers disproportionately.

Trial participant Duff, as his owners Charlotte and Wayne Rowell call him, is a 10-year-old Scottie from Houston with bladder cancer.

“The day Duff was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma, I got on the Internet, and I found this clinical trial,” Charlotte says as the pooch happily surveys the waiting room aromas at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Small Animal Clinic. Duff’s “brother” Mac, the Rowell’s West Highland terrier, is along for moral support, clicking across the tile and grinning at staff members. “I gave Wayne a Scottish terrier as a wedding gift 43 years ago. We just love them.”

As happy as Duff seems, the experience hasn’t been all Milk-Bones and chew toys. When he first arrived at the facility, researchers drew blood, took X-rays, examined his pelvic area ultrasonically and performed an abdominal CAT scan. The day he was declared eligible for the trial, he began intravenously receiving first Tavocept, then saline, then Cisplatin. If the treatment works, Duff will be able to withstand larger doses of chemotherapy, ultimately slowing tumor growth — or even stopping it — and extending his life.

Although most drugs are tested on animals during the early stage of development, it is unusual for a drug in the final phase of human testing, such as Tavocept, to circle back to animals. But at Mizzou, where the One Health, One Medicine initiative champions the convergence of human and animal health, the study is an example of one such round trip.

Good luck, Duff. We’re rooting for you and Tavocept!

4 thoughts on “Scottish Terrier participates in clinical trial for bladder cancer treatment

  1. This is encouraging news. FYI you would think you would be warned of this, but if your Scottie is undergoing chemo, be sure that if you board them or leave them with someone else for any amount of time, you insist on putting them on preventative antibiotics – otherwise any little infection they pick up can finish them off! Don’t assume someone else will notice anything is wrong with them before it’s too late! 🙁

  2. My heart and good wishes go out to you and your Duff. It is especially cuz I have a 9 year old Duff and my last name is Rodwell. Not exactly the same but kind of a coincidence.
    So far, we are healthy but you just never know.
    Jeanne Rodwell

  3. Look into Transfer Factor to help build his immune system while he’s undergoing chemo. Our vet recommended it for our beagle who was being treated for Lymphoma. I can’t say enough good things about it.

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