By Nicola J. Mason, BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM
An intact and functional immune system is essential to protect an organism against invading pathogens and infectious disease. However, the immune system also plays a pivotal role in identifying and eliminating transformed cells that, if left unchecked, would progress to cancer.
Clinical evidence of the immune system’s ability to control cancer comes from a number of observations in both the veterinary and medical settings. Consider the following examples:
Cats receiving chronic immunosuppression following renal transplant have a higher incidence of lymphoma compared with the general feline population1,2
Spontaneous regression of transmissible venereal tumor is associated with an increased proportion of tumor-infiltrating cytotoxi...
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