Here’s an interesting perspective – Survivor: The Dog Days on Cancer, a new novel by Dr. Jarred Lyons, is written partially from the perspective of Eddie, a canine working through a battle with cancer. Here’s what Dr. Jarred has to say about his novel:
“If only we could deal with cancer like our dogs do, devoid of the mental component of the disease that often proves as challenging as the cancer itself.
Survivor tells the story of Eddie, a long eared furry friend who has been diagnosed with a shoulder tumor, and his experiences through the world of veterinary cancer. Julia, his owner, has recently lost her father to pancreatic cancer, and must now come to terms with life events that she could not control. David wants to be there for Julia, only how do you help a wife that insulates herself from the ones who want to help her the most?
Past and present are interlaced through the world of human and veterinary cancer in a story about survivors; relationships between self absorbed mothers, heartbroken daughters, well intentioned husbands and grieving wives.
Maybe things will be different this time around, maybe the dog days of cancer will prove to be man’s best friend.”
Dr. Jarred Lyons has passionately dedicated a majority of his life to the betterment of animal comfort and care. Becoming a cutting edge veterinarian is the fulfillment of one of his earliest childhood dreams.
Dr. Lyons received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from UCLA in 1998, was awarded a doctorate in veterinary medicine from UC Davis in 2003, completed an internship in veterinary surgery and medicine in 2004, and was board certified in radiation oncology after completion of an oncology residency at NC State University in 2006.
Dr. Jarred Lyons currently practices veterinary oncology in Los Angeles, California, and is one of the few veterinarians worldwide who treats animals with stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Lyons is also a consultant and is actively involved in numerous veterinary clinical oncology studies. He has published articles in several scientific journals and magazines, and frequently gives lectures around the Southern California region. He spends his free time with his wife, children, and Standard Poodle Alice.