Mast Cell Tumor

Canine Mast cell Tumor Panels: Fact or Fiction?

Mast cell tumors (MCT) are commonly identified tumors in dogs, comprising close to 25% of all diagnosed skin tumors.  These tumors may be seen in any age dog, but are more typically found in middle aged to older patients.  Breeds at an increased risk for developing these tumors include boxers, Boston terriers, Labrador retrievers, beagles and schnauzers.  The etiology of MCTs is largely unknown, although genetic factors and molecular alterations may play prominent roles.  Recently, there has been an increased focus on understanding these genetic and molecular alterations, including the ide

'Miracle' Data Could Lead to Cancer Cures

Jan Crisitello, a 70-year-old grandmother of four, was diagnosed in 2002 with stage 4 melanoma, which kills the vast majority of its victims within five years. Although chemotherapy helped her make it past the five-year mark, by 2007 the cancer was growing again. Desperate, she joined a 29-patient trial of a drug being developed by Pfizer (PFE).