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Study on Pain Medications for Cancer.

Some dogs with cancer experience pain that cannot be adequately controlled with oral medications. Epidural (spinal) injections help, but the duration of relief varies. Repeating the epidural is risky, as it requires anesthesia or heavy sedation, and it's expensive.

Veterinarians at the Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals are investigating a prototype device that consists of an epidural catheter connected to an access port implanted under the skin over a dog's back. It requires brief general anesthesia. Pain-relieving drugs can then be injected through the port and catheter into the epidural space into the spine as frequently as necessary to provide pain relief without the need for anesthesia and its risks and costs.

The researchers are looking for additional dogs for the study. Any dog with pain from cancer that is not controlled with oral medicine may be eligible. If you think your dog could benefit, please call the clinical research coordinator at 607-253-3060, or email vet-research@cornell.edu .

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Date:Oct 1, 2017
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