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Emergency & specialty center for animal emergencies only offers new cancer treatment for TN dogs

KNOXVILLE — Our canine family members are as vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses like cancer as we are. Roughly one in four dogs develop cancer, with the incidence increasing with age. Almost half of dogs over the age of ten develop cancer. Common types include lymphoma or lymphosarcoma, melanoma, osteosarcoma, and mast cell tumor. Fortunately, dogs diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of white blood cells, have a brand-new hope for survival!

Renowned veterinary oncologist Dr. Jeff Phillips of Animal Emergency & Specialty Center is one of the first oncologists in the country to offer the Tanovea-CA1 treatment for dogs with lymphoma. Tanovea- CA1 has been helpful in treating cases of canine lymphoma when other treatment methods have been exhausted (resistant cases) or as a first line of defense (naïve cases).

Developed by VetDC Inc. a start-up with ties to Colorado State University, Tanovea-CA1 could prove to be a game changer when it comes to treating canine lymphoma. Tanovea-CA1 is administered intravenously like traditional chemotherapy protocols, however, this new painstakingly engineered formula has the potential to shorten the number of treatments as compared to other treatment options for canine lymphoma and to improve response rates. It works by inhibiting lymphoma cell lines through inhibiting DNA synthesis.

“Animal Emergency & Specialty Center is pleased to be the first in Tennessee to offer a new treatment option for canine lymphoma. Tanovea-CA1 is a novel chemotherapy agent that was recently approved for use in dogs. This drug represents a first-in-class agent that appears to have high activity in both naïve and resistant cases,” Dr. Phillips says.

Eastern Tennessee veterinarians refer complex canine and feline cancer cases to Dr. Phillips for expert oncologic care. Dr. Phillips is an experienced board-certified oncologist with a strong research background. At Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, Dr. Phillips offers complex, advanced treatments with state-of-the-art equipment and in coordination with other specialists. Dr. Phillips and the team at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center light a path to recovery with compassion and leading-edge veterinary medicine.

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville is a long-established veterinary referral hospital with a 24-hour emergency room and cutting-edge diagnostic tools. We are committed to enhancing the lives of pets and their owners by providing, quality compassionate veterinary healthcare. We offer advanced, specialized veterinary medicine in critical care, internal medicine, surgery, diagnostics, avian and exotics, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, and I-131 therapy. For more information, please visit

Published September 29, 2017

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