I’ve been a bit remiss lately in posting, due to some exams and deadlines that have kept me unusually busy, but I wanted to briefly promote a new tool in the effort to develop novel, evidence-based therapies for cancer. The National Veterinary Cancer Registry (NVCR) is an effort to build a database of information about veterinary cancer patients. This will allow both epidemiologic studies using the data to better understand the patterns in naturally occurring cancer and also to connect patients with clinical studies of new therapies for their specific disease. This serves the veterinary patient population as a whole as well as the individual patient.
The NVCR is a joint effort between the CARE Foundation, Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) at Dallas and the Texas Veterinary Oncology Group. This type of database has been of great value in improving the understanding and treatment of cancer in humans, and it is exciting to see such an effort beginning in the veterinary field. I encourage owners of pets with cancer to register your pets as a way to contribute to the growth of our ability to help others going through what you are going through.