Welcome to the Transmissible Cancer Group at the Department of Veterinary Medicine!
The goal of our lab is to understand how cancers can become transmissible. Cancers arise when cells in the body acquire mutations that cause them to grow and divide uncontrollably. As cancer progresses, some cancer cells can leave the primary site and move around the body in a process of metastasis. However, cancer cells do not normally survive beyond the body of the host that first spawned them. Our research is on two unusual cancers, known as the canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) and the Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease (DFTD). These are cancers that can be transmitted through the population by the transmission of living cancer cells between individuals