Source: WVTF

The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that half of dogs over 10 years old develop cancer. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment. Virginia Tech researchers found Raman spectroscopy, a urine test, 92% effective in detecting canine cancer before symptoms manifest. John Robertson, a Virginia Tech research professor and veterinarian, highlights its potential in early-stage cancer detection, aiding timely treatment. This method offers a means to monitor treatment response and adjust therapies accordingly.

The interdisciplinary project involves institutions across Virginia and North Carolina. Robertson envisions scaling up lab facilities and making rapid cancer detection available in Veterinary clinics. The research also extends to developing similar tests for humans. Robertson emphasizes the dual benefit of this translational research, aiding both animals and humans.

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