AKC Canine Health Foundation Canine Cancer Research
Since 1995, CHF and its donors have funded over $17.7 million in canine cancer research. These 263 research grants have helped scientists study cancer at the cellular level, providing breakthroughs that allow veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. CHF-funded research also has a One Health impact, extending beyond dogs with an application to human cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Canine cancer research is a major concern of dog owners and veterinary professionals. Typically, about one quarter of CHF’s grant funding concerns various types of canine cancers.
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Canine Cancer Articles
New Treatment Strategies for Canine Mammary Tumors October 16, 2023
Updated October 2023 - New imaging techniques and a better understanding of the tumor microenvironment show promise to improve outcomes for dogs with mammary cancer.
AKC Parent Clubs like the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States and their members are valued partners of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs.
AKC Canine Health Foundation Marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month with Three New Canine Cancer Grants May 1, 2023
The AKC Canine Health Foundation marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month each May to highlight the impact of its funded canine cancer research.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation announces matching funds for canine cancer research provided by the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States and the Rhodesian Ridgeback Charitable Foundation
The Role of Pollution in Canine Cancer February 7, 2022
Data suggest that air and water pollution influence the development of bladder cancer and lymphoma in dogs.
Cancer Attributable to Infection? June 8, 2022
What we know about the genus Bartonella and its role in the development of hemangiosarcoma in dogs
Effie's Tale July 1, 2021
Learn how one owner’s tragic loss of her dog to a killer cancer fueled her passion to help fund research into early detection—and hopefully, a cure.
A Fighting Chance Against Hemangiosarcoma May 26, 2021
A profile of Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Ruger" and his participation in a CHF-funded clinical trial.
AKC Canine Health Foundation Celebrates Matched Donations for Hemangiosarcoma Research November 24, 2020
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) celebrates overwhelming support for its Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative with donations matched by the American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation (AGSDCF).
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and its donors have supported studies on a promising new treatment for canine hemangiosarcoma.
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Rottweiler Update - Spring 2021 - Hemangiosarcoma Research February 26, 2021
Purina ProPlan Rottweiler Update (Spring 2021) - Rottweilers may benefit from hemangiosarcoma research.
Purina ProPlan Golden Retriever Update (Summer 2020) - The Link Between Hemangiosarcoma & Bartonella: Vector-Borne Illness May Contribute to Cancer
Cancer Attributable to Infection?
Original air date: June 8, 2022
Speaker: Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
May 2022 Canine Cancer Webinar Series
Available on a pay per view basis through the AKC Canine College.
Predicting Lymphoma in Dogs, Presented by Dr. Daniel Promislow
Luteinizing Hormone Receptor Activation in Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma, Presented by Dr. Michelle Kutzler
Toward Curative Outcomes in Canine Hemangiosarcoma, Presented by Dr. Chand Khanna
LIVE Panel Q&A Session, Presented by Drs. Promislow, Kutzler, and Khanna
A Novel Non-Surgical Option to Preserve Limbs in Canine Osteosarcoma
Original air date: May 25, 2021
Speaker: Joanne Tuohy, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Recent Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy
Original air date: May 2020
Speaker: Steven Dow, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)
Update on Canine Hemangiosarcoma
Original air date: May 2017
Speaker: Douglas H. Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology)
Cancer Immunotherapy: Basic Concepts and Strategies for Improving Treatment Outcomes
Original air date: October 2016
Speaker: Douglas H. Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology)
Lymphoma: The State of This Disease in Dogs and How Epigenetics May Open Future Doors
Original air date: June 2016
Speaker: Jeffrey M. Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology)
Tracie Hotchner Pets podcast spoke with CHF Board Chairman, Dr. Charles Garvin, about CHF-funded grants studying innovative new ways to detect and treat cancer.
The Dog Cancer Answers podcast spoke with AKC Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein about How to Choose a Dog Breeder. Listen for ways to increase the odds of having a healthy puppy, including the importance of AKC Canine Health Foundation funded research.
How You Can Help
Your support means more studies exploring improved diagnostics and new treatment strategies for canine cancer.
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.