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A ‘MIRACLE’ dog from Rugby has celebrated two cancer-free years after his owner feared the worst when he was diagnosed with an ‘inoperable’ tumour.
Beloved family pet Bow’s owner Kathryn Derby has chosen World Cancer Day (Sunday February 4) to highlight Bow’s incredible survival story – and how new advances in cancer care can help other pets to beat the disease too.
The 12-year-old Labrador responded brilliantly to pioneering electrochemotherapy treatment delivered by Solihull animal hospital Willows Veterinary Centre.
Kathryn admitted she feared the worst when he was first diagnosed.
She said: “I was devastated at first. I went to the vets expecting it to be a simple issue and it wasn’t. It was extremely serious.
“I was totally shocked and felt awful that the melanoma in his mouth had got so big without me realising because his tongue had been covering it.”
She said the results of the cutting-edge treatment had been fantastic.
“Bow is happy and doing so well. It’s two years now and the melanoma has not reappeared. Everyone is amazed by how well he is, when it had initially looked so bad.
Willows’ veterinary oncology specialist Chiara Penzo said Bow’s recovery was a massive achievement.
He said: “It’s a miracle we have been able to achieve such a positive outcome, especially in a 12-year-old dog.
“His cancer was inoperable but the rapidly-evolving electrochemotherapy treatment is a new and encouraging way of tackling such cases.
“The beauty of electrochemotherapy is that it allows clever and precise anatomical targeting of the specific site of the cancer.
“This approach means the drug will only attack cancerous cells, unlike normal chemotherapy, which also kills healthy cells – so it’s a very effective way of treating the cancer without harming the patient indiscriminately.”
“Remarkably, Bow is now celebrating two years of being cancer free.”