AKC Canine Health Foundation Canine Cancer Research
Since 1995, CHF and its donors have funded over $17 million in canine cancer research. These 257 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
AKC Canine Health Foundation Highlights Oncology Resources and Research Updates During Pet Cancer Awareness Month April 30, 2014
Pet Cancer Awareness Month begins May 1. Throughout the month of May the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) will provide news and information to help educate dog owners about the cutting-edge research and improved treatment options in the field of canine cancer.
New Treatment Goes After Notoriously Tough Cancer Stem Cells November 25, 2013
Canine hemangiosarcoma is relatively common in companion animals. It is also relatively difficult to treat, as they quickly become resistant to conventional forms of therapy. Scientists from the University of Minnesota wondered if targeted toxins might be an effective way of addressing cancers. The results were quite promising.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Golden Retriever Foundation Jointly Fund Groundbreaking Canine Cancer Research Projects May 28, 2013
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and the Golden Retriever Foundation (GRF) embark on a new journey of finding answers to canine cancer by announcing the joint funding of nearly $1.5 million in canine cancer research. The Foundations have worked together to select two outstanding canine cancer research projects that will potentially make real progress in the fight against canine cancer. The research results are expected to significantly improve the understanding and diagnosis of canine cancer so that dogs live longer, healthier lives.
AKC Canine Health Foundation Marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month with Public Awareness and Fundraising Campaign April 30, 2013
Pet Cancer Awareness Month is a public awareness and fundraising campaign May 1 - 31. Learn more about CHF-funded research, information on different types of canine cancer, care for dogs with cancer, and other cancer-related health resources.
Dark Colored Dogs Highlight Cancer's Complexity April 17, 2013
Standard poodles are at risk of an aggressive type of cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma of the digit (SCDD). However, not all poodles are equally susceptible to SCDD. Dark colored poodles are at high risk of this cancer, while light colored dogs are almost never affected. Researchers recently found the genetic mutations that are likely responsible for the difference.
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May 2022 Canine Cancer Webinar Series
Join us for a series of pre-recorded and live webinars on canine cancer. Registration is FREE during Pet Cancer Awareness Month – May 2022. After that, a recording of the entire series will be available on a pay per view basis through the AKC Canine College.
May 5, 2022 @ 7pm ET: Predicting Lymphoma in Dogs
Presented by Dr. Daniel Promislow
May 12, 2022 @ 7pm ET: Luteinizing Hormone Receptor Activation in Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma
Presented by Dr. Michelle Kutzler
May 19, 2022 @ 7pm ET: Toward Curative Outcomes in Canine Hemangiosarcoma
Presented by Dr. Chand Khanna
May 26, 2022 @ 7pm ET: 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)
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.
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