The Nu.Q Cancer Screening Test: Everything You Need To Know

with Co-Creator & Veterinary Oncologist, Dr. Heather Robles

Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This!  


We're always looking for easier ways to detect cancer earlier. It gives our patients the opportunity for better prognoses. 


Today we're talking about one of the new ways to detect cancer early. It's called the Nu.Q Cancer Screening Test, and it was developed by a joint effort from a company called Volition and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.


Joining me today is Dr. Heather Robles, who led the research at Texas A&M in order to make this test possible. 


Dr. Heather Robles is a board-certified veterinary oncologist and Chief Medical Officer of Volition Veterinary Diagnostics Development. She is also the Professor of Oncology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, along with the Assistant Department Head of Research and the Dr. Fred A. and Vola N. Palmer Chair in Comparative Oncology. 


We are spreading the word about this test and answering as many questions as we can in this episode. 


In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 

  • What the Nu.Q test is and how it came about 
  • How the test is best used 
  • What the test detects 
  • What types of cancers this test can screen for
  • How accurate the test is 
  • The ideal patients the test can be used for 
  • Which cases it’s not best suited for 
  • How it could also help with monitoring treatment response and remission status 


What Heather and her colleagues are working on can be life-changing for dogs in these difficult situations. I’m excited to see what they have coming out in the coming months. 

Resources Mentioned:

Volition Veterinary - Nu.Q Cancer Screening Test 

Texas A&M GI Lab - Sample Processing/Collection Information 

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