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May 2014

Dear dog lover:

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  Since 1995 CHF has awarded 188 oncology grants and funded $10.7 million in canine cancer research. Scientists are studying lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma and other common canine cancers, providing veterinarians with better tools to diagnose cancer earlier and to treat it more effectively.

Canine Caner Super HeroDo you have a dog who has battled cancer? Send photos of your cancer fighting super hero to chfdonate@akcchf.org. Include your dog's name and what type of cancer he or she is battling. CHF will feature photos of canine cancer superheroes on social media throughout May.

We also want to know your opinions on cancer treatment options. Even if you've never had a dog with cancer, please take our quick survey.

Thank you for all your support of our mission to help dogs live longer, healthier lives!

Health Tracks:  Update on Study of Genes Controlling Canine Leukemia
DNAIn his current multicenter study Dr. Matthew Breen has obtained a large number of canine leukemia samples and assessed these by high resolution, genome-wide analysis of DNA copy number. One year into this two-year study the Breen lab has nearly completed the molecular profiling of the cases proposed. They have identified regions of the canine genome that are subject to alterations in copy number more frequently in some subtypes of leukemia that others. Learn More.

Featured Grant: Predicting a Dog's Response to Chemotherapy
Vet with Black LabDr. Michael Childress is testing a new technology called biodynamic imaging (BDI) for its ability to predict the response of canine multicentric lymphoma to doxorubicin, the most potent chemotherapy drug for treating this cancer. BDI data will be compared with each dog's response to chemotherapy to determine how well BDI predicts the likelihood and duration of cancer remission. The study results will be the first steps in developing BDI as a method for personalizing chemotherapy treatment for dogs with lymphoma. Learn more.

Health Tips: Finding Clinical Trials for Dogs
Veterinarian with DogClinical trials help veterinarians investigate methods to improve detection and treatment of disease, as well as improve the quality of care each patient receives.  It can be devastating when your pet receives a diagnosis of cancer or some other canine disease.  However, participation in a clinical trial may help your dog's prognosis and will advance veterinary science, helping future generations of dogs to have better outcomes. CHF has compiled extensive resources for locating clinical trials. Learn More.

Oncology Podcasts & Webinars

What to Expect When You Visit a Veterinary Oncologist
with Dr. Rachel Reiman

Osteosarcoma Research Update
with Dr. Kerstin Lindblad-Toh and Dr. Elinor Karlsson

2014 Oncology Research Program Area Grants
with Dr. Shila Nordone

Understanding Cancer Stem Cell Development
with Dr. Tim O'Brien

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Upcoming Events

Penn Vet Working Dog Conference
Philadelphia, PA
June 5 - 8, 2014


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Established in 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation's (CHF) mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information.  Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs.  

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