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AKC Canine Health Foundation Canine Cancer Research

Since 1995, CHF and its donors have funded over $15.6 million in canine cancer research. These 243 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 Launches Pet Cancer Awareness Month April 30, 2012

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) launches a public awareness and fundraising campaign to kick off Pet Cancer Awareness Month, May 1-31, 2012.

Focus on Canine Cancer Research April 1, 2012

Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis for both humans and our beloved canine companions. There are 77.5 million owned dogs in the United States and a fourth will develop cancer - including those in the bone, breast, pancreas, liver, prostate, lung, and skin.

Liposomal Clondronate as a Treatment for Malignant Histiocytosis February 1, 2012

Because of its devastating effects on a number of highly loved dog breeds, the AKC Canine Health Foundation sponsors a great deal of research on the diagnosis and treatment of malignant histiocytosis. One such study, initiated by scientists at Colorado State University, has identified a potentially useful new therapeutic option – liposomal clondronate.

Malignant Histiocytosis - Counting Copies January 23, 2012

By looking for DNA copy number aberrations in dogs with histiocytic cancers – genes that express abnormally few or far too many copies – researchers have begun to identify some of the genetic factors that may be putting dogs, and people, at risk.

CHF and GRF to Fund $1 million in Canine Cancer Research September 23, 2011

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and Golden Retriever Foundation (GRF) are pleased to announce their joint venture to equally fund up to $1 million in canine cancer research by 2013.

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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)



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