Immunotherapy is treatment that uses certain parts of a pet’s immune system to fight various types of diseases, including cancer. The main types of immunotherapy that are available to treat cancer in dogs (and in some cases, cats and horses too) include monoclonal antibodies and cancer vaccines. Other non-specific immunotherapies may boost the immune system, helping to fight off cancer cells. These types of therapies are generally considered safe and well tolerated.
Below is a list of some examples of the immunotherapeutics that are currently available:
- Aratana Therapeutics – 2 canine specific monoclonal antibody therapies for B-cell and T-cell lymphoma in dogs
- Merial – CD20 B cell Lymphoma Vaccine for dogs
- Merial – Oncept Melanoma Vaccine for dogs, cats and horses with malignant melanoma
- Merial – Feline IL-2 Immunomodulator for cats with injection-site sarcomas
- T-CYTE Therapeutics – Lympocyte T-cell Immunomodulator (LTCI) for cats with FeLV or FIV
For more information on immunotherapy as a potential treatment option for your pet, ask your oncologist.
Learn more about the Cancer Veterinary Centers and the veterinary oncology services offered for dogs and cats.