Blood Test For Canine Cancer
Hello everyone, when we first started the National Canine Cancer Foundation and wrote our mission statement to saving dogs lives by finding cures, better treatments and accurate, cost effective diagnostic methods in dealing with canine Cancer, it was my hope and belief that I would someday get to write to all dogs owners a letter like this.
It is with great pleasure that the National Canine Cancer Foundation can announce to all dog owners and veterinarians, the availabilty of a new tool to assist in the management of canine cancer. It is a blood test called VDI-TKcanine+.
VDI-TKcanine+ test is a very good adjunct to assess if cancer might be present in dogs where there are other signs of the disease. A positive test should always be followed by additional confirmatory tests, including imaging, biopsy, etc.
If you want to know more about if this test is the right tool for your dog, we encourage you to contact your Vet and discuss the all the options available to you and your dog.
Below are some of the key informational points supplied to us by VDI Labs.
Q: What is this test?
A: VDI-TKcanine+ is a blood test for dogs, used to help aid diagnosis when cancer is suspected, and to monitor the course of treatment once the presence of cancer is confirmed. VDI-TKcanine+ is a test run by veterinarians and is made available to all veterinarians in the U.S.
Q: What does this test measure?
A: The principle element, or biomarker, that VDI -TKcanine+ measures in the dog’s blood is an enzyme called thymidine kinase or TK for short. TK is released into the blood stream by cells that are undergoing unusually rapid cell division; a hallmark of cancer.
Q: How effective is this test?
A: VDI -TKcanine+ is very good at confirming the presence of cancer when the test returns a ‘positive’ result (a result above the range of normal). The test is also good, but not perfect, in confirming that cancer does not exist, when the result falls in the normal range. There is a possibility that certain types of cancer, or cancer in very early stage, might still result in a ‘normal’ result. No diagnostic test is perfect. Like most diagnostic tests, VDI-TKcanine+ is most effective when used in combination with the other established procedures veterinarians have available to them.
Q: How can this test be used on my dog?
A:VDI -TKcanine+ is used to help confirm a diagnosis of cancer, often in combination with a physical examination and other diagnostic procedures. The test is also used following the diagnosis of cancer, to help determine if the cancer has spread or returns, through periodic monitoring.
Q: What should I discuss with my Vet regarding this test?
A: Contact your veterinarian if you suspect your dog might have cancer. Discuss the reasons for your suspicions and ask whether the VDI -TKcanine+ blood test can assist in the diagnostic process. If your vet is not familiar with the test, they can obtain information by contacting the laboratory that provides the test, Veterinary Diagnostics Institute (VDI)..
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