If you’ve never heard of it, know this: hemangiosarcoma takes the lives of far too many dogs. Stuart, a much-loved Scottish Terrier, passed December 2015 from the cardiac form of the disease for which there is no test and no cure. He was only 9.
From Dr. Nick Dervisis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology) Medical Oncology/Assistant Professor at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine:
Hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive and common cancer in dogs. While cutaneous masses are often treatable by tumor excision, visceral and cardiac tumors are almost always incurable. Treatment options for this disease have been limited with virtually no significant advances in the last 30 years, mostly due to our poor understanding of the disease biology. While we have thought that HSA originates from neoplastic endothelial cells, accumulating data now suggest a bone marrow progenitor as the cell of origin for this disease.
Dr. Dervisis and his colleagues are at work on clinical trials to examine cell signaling data to discover the origin of this deadly disease. This work has human applications so that we can all benefit.
You can help say “no!” to hemangiosarcoma through this research by simply buying a shirt. Or two. Or three.
You can help save a life.