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
RECENT ADVANCES IN CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY May 13, 2020
The current status and research in the area of cancer immunotherapy for dogs
AKC Canine Health Foundation Marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month with Over $902,000 in New Canine Cancer Research Grants Awarded This Year May 1, 2020
The AKC Canine Health Foundation marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month this May with more than $902,000 awarded for 12 new canine cancer research grants this year.
Learn about research on this rare but devastating cancer in dogs and humans.
The Cattle Dog That Could August 27, 2019
Meet 11-year-old “Skoal,” an Australian Cattle Dog who has wowed crowds at national-level agility events, including the 2019 AKC Agility Cup presented by EEM, thanks to his trainer, owner…and great care.
AKC Canine Health Foundation's Canine Cancer Research Initiative Receives Champion Sponsorship from Kennel Club of Philadelphia May 20, 2019
The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation announces the Kennel Club of Philadelphia will direct their Champion Sponsor level gift to the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s 2019 Canine Cancer Research Initiative. This major gift will help support a new clinical trial to fight canine hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer of dogs.
PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR CANINE HEMANGIOSARCOMA? January 1, 2015
Cancer prevention as well as what we know about the connection between the use of vaccines, flea, tick and heartworm preventatives and cancer risk in dogs
Canine Hemangiosarcoma Research October 7, 2014
Learn more about how your donation can help find better treatments for canine hemangiosarcoma and increase survival rates for our beloved dogs.
One morning, Einstein, an 8 ½ year old Leonberger, failed to make his way upstairs in anticipation for his morning walk. The unfortunately diagnosis was hemangiosarcoma. Unlike some of the other canine sarcomas, hemangiosarcomas are very invasive, fast-growing tumors that often migrate to the spleen, heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, muscle, lymph nodes or skin.
Success in Translation - A New Clinical Trial for Canine Hemangiosarcoma September 13, 2011
Researchers at the University of Minnesota anticipate a new clinical trial for canine hemangiosarcoma will open for enrollment in the fall of 2011.
Resources Available for Download
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
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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.