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What is cure?
  1. David J. Argyle1,
  2. Davide Berlato2,
  3. Sue Murphy2,
  4. David Killick3 and
  5. Jo Morris4
  1. Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  2. Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7UU
  3. Small Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston, Merseyside CH64 7TE
  4. School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH

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David J. Argyle and others comment: Our reference to cancer being the most curable condition in dogs in our recent letter omitted the word ‘chronic’. Our apologies if this has misled or confused anyone.

There is much evidence to justify that cancer is the most curable chronic condition, with many textbooks and reviews stating this (eg, DeVita 2006). However, because cancer is common, it is still a major cause of death in animals. …

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