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.
Do you have a dog who has battled cancer? Send photos of your cancer fighting super hero to firstname.lastname@example.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 In
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 Dr.
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 Clinical
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.
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.