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Biomarkers to improve cancer care

At an international conference in Uppsala Sweden, Uppsala Health Summit 14-15 June 2018, professor Henrik Rönnberg, SLU Uppsala, co-organized a workshop named Towards Useful Cancer Biomarkers to Improve Cancer Care.

Disease prevention and early diagnosis will significantly reduce animal suffering, improve animal welfare and reduce costs for pet owners, says professor Rönnberg. The use of serum thymidine kinase 1 (TK1), as in Alertix assays, is mentioned at the workshop as a promising biomarker for early detection of cancer diseases.

Dogs are also of interest for the study of human cancer development and treatment

- The domestic dog has become increasingly useful as a comparatively spontaneous cancer model to study genetic and environmental risk factors. The many similarities between various cancer types affecting humans and dogs and the spontaneous development of these cancers in dogs living in a shared environment with us suggest a common etiology. 

- The shorter lifespan of dogs and the shorter time to relapse after cancer treatment allows data regarding efficacy, short and long-term toxicity and side-effects of novel cancer drugs to be generated in years rather than decades as in human clinical trials, continues professor Rönnberg.

About 200 international participants, researchers as well as policymakers, joined from all over the world at the Uppsala Castle for the two-day conference to improve cancer care.


Read more in the workshop report on pages 28-33

Alertix Canine

Assay for early detection, monitoring and screening of tumor diseases in dogs. The assay is available to veterinary clinics and laboratories in Sweden and Scandinavia.
Read more about Alertix Canine

Alertix Feline

Assay for early detection, monitoring and screening of tumor diseases in cats. The assay is under development.
Read more about Alertix Feline
Under development

Alertix Equine

Assay for early detection, monitoring and screening of tumor diseases in horses. The assay is under development.
Under development
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About cancer in companion animals

Did you know that our companion animals are afflicted by cancer as often as humans? Dogs and cats share not only our living environment but also our lifestyle. Because of this they are exposed to the same risk factors for cancer. Veterinary care is getting better and better at treating cancer in companion animals. But the crucial factor of success is that the disease is detected in time.

Read more about cancer in companion animals