VolitionRx Limited (NYSEAMERICAN:VNRX) announced a report Tuesday with contributions from four global leaders in veterinary oncology ahead of the expected launch of its first animal-test product -- the Nu.Q Vet Cancer Screening Test.
In a statement, the Belgian company said the comprehensive new report for veterinarians, entitled “A Look to the Future of Cancer Diagnostics,” explores the promise of molecular diagnostics in veterinary oncology, especially for hard to find tumors.
Volition said the report, which is the outcome of a round table event hosted by subsidiary Volition Veterinary Diagnostics Development LLC, also introduced Volition's Nu.Q technology and Nu.Q Vet Cancer Screening Test. Dr Heather Wilson-Robles, professor of Oncology at Texas A&M University and chief medical officer at Volition Veterinary, was one of the panelists.
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The panel reviewed data from results presented at the Veterinary Cancer Society Virtual Annual Conference in October, which demonstrated the successful use of the blood-based Nu.Q Vet Cancer Screening Test for dogs with lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of blood vessel walls, which together make up approximately one-third of canine cancers. They also discussed topics including the potential of early cancer diagnosis to help improve the treatment and quality of life, as well as supporting the clinical decision-making process.
"Volition's platform is very exciting,” said Dr Tim Fan, program leader, cancer discovery platforms, and professor of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the Cancer Center at Illinois.
“Nucleosomes are very stable biomarkers that can be found in circulation and bringing this technology to the veterinary market is a very important first step. I look forward to seeing Volition adapt to the needs of the clients, pets and pet-owners that will benefit from this diagnostic test."
Dr Wilson-Robles added: “Cancer screening is not as commonplace in animal health as it is in human health, but blood tests like the Nu.Q Vet Cancer Screening Test could transform how we manage cancer in companion animals."
Cancer is the most common cause of death in dogs over the age of two years old in the US and up to 50% of all dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer in their lifetime. Together, Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma make up approximately one-third of canine cancers. Currently, dogs suspected of having cancer are required to undergo a variety of diagnostic tests that may be expensive, time-consuming, and/or painful for the animal.
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