May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. We hope you are following us on Facebook and Twitter for information on treatment options, cutting-edge research and ways to support canine cancer research.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Golden Retriever Foundation recently launched a collaborative cancer grant Request for Proposals (RFP). There are many unique aspects to this RFP that will move research forward in a giant leap rather than in small, incremental steps. The two Foundations plan to jointly fund up to $1 million in canine cancer research through this RFP. View the CHF/GRF Collaborative Cancer Grant RFP.
Health Tracks: Metronomic Chemotherapy
Barbara Biller, DVM, PhD, an assistant professor of Oncology at Colorado State University, recently tested a relatively new cancer treatment technique called metronomic chemotherapy. Dr. Biller recently explained her research at a CHF Breeder’s Symposium in Fort Collins, CO. This treatment approach has the potential to be easier, cheaper, and more effective than current options - and had fewer side effects. Learn more about this research.
Health Tips: Locating Clinical Trials
If your dog has recently been diagnosed with a disease, there may be a clinical trial in your area investigating a treatment for that disease. Enrolling in a clinical trial brings with it a commitment to follow through on therapies and testing. The benefits can include access to cutting edge medicine and the chance to help future generations of dogs. Resources for finding clinical trials.
Featured Grant: Accurate Prognosis of Mast Cell Tumors
Mast Cell Tumors (MCT) are one of the most common cancers in dogs. Through active collaborations between pathologists at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and veterinary oncologist and molecular biologists at the Broad Institute efforts are underway to develop biomarkers specific to canine MCT that can be used to quantitatively, efficiently and accurately predict tumor behavior. Learn more about this grant.
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