Meet Riley, an outgoing, tail-wagging survivor who benefited from a clinical drug trial that might help humans too!
“The Silver Lining”
Discovering your dog has cancer is a devastating experience, even if you happen to be a veterinarian. Dr. Joe Schmidt and his wife, Sue, were shocked when Riley, their healthy black Lab and constant hiking companion, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. However, even a bone cancer diagnosis may have its bright spots.
The Schmidts contacted the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University and learned about a clinical trial for a new drug therapy that could also slow bone tumors in humans. After leg amputation and treatment with the new chemotherapy, Riley currently has no signs of metastases. Bonus: One less leg is not preventing him from being happy and playful, and Dr. Joe now has a better understanding of how to help other patients and their families. Hearing, “I understand because I’ve been there,” from Joe can truly help them.