TVRH in the News: The Answer on the Other End of the Leash

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"Will Eward, DVM, MD, works to find better treatments for a cancer called sarcoma. It makes no difference to him that half of his patients walk on four legs and bark at the doorbell.

Eward, an assistant professor of orthopaedics, spends the first part of his week treating dogs at Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, and the second half treating people at Duke Cancer Center. “When it comes to cancer, it really doesn’t matter if you have fur or skin or feathers,” he says. “It’s the same disease.”

Sarcoma is rare in humans, but when it strikes, it’s often lethal. It’s much more common in dogs. In his early days as a full-time small animal veterinarian, Eward saw so many dogs with sarcoma, he became frustrated with the lack of good treatments. So he went to medical school to launch a full-scale fight against the disease in both species." more