Canine Cancer Research

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Postby ParisStreetPitCrew » January 10th, 2010, 12:19 am

Many of you know that I work for a private cancer research institute.
Recently we were awarded a very nice grant and some generous funding from the National Cancer Institute, Van Andel Research Institute, and private donations in order to start a very ambitious canine cancer research project.

Here is some information regarding the project for anyone who is interested. I'm really trying to get the word out there in case anyone here would like to participate or knows other owners who may be interested.

Many tumors considered rare in humans are relatively common in certain breeds of dogs. This indicates that there is an underlying hereditary or genetic component to this disease. Our objective is to identify that hereditary or genetic component. To do this, we have formed a consortium of leading scientists, physicians, and veterinarians at multiple institutions across the United States. We will analyze collected DNA and RNA samples from certain pedigreed dogs and cancer affected dogs for genetic patterns that are associated with this disease. These patterns may form the basis of genetic tests that can tell us whether a particular dog is a carrier of a defective gene that will cause a cancer. Also, these studies will provide important clues about cancers in people.

The first five cancers we are focusing on are lymphoma (lymphosarcoma), osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma (and splenic masses), oral melanoma, and malignant histiocystosis.
If you have a dog affected by cancer and would be interested in participating in the study by donating blood and/or tumor samples from your dog, please feel free to contact me.

Our website is still in the beginning stages, but it can be accessed here: http://www.vai.org/helpingdogs
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 10th, 2010, 12:21 am

What an awesome thing! I'm going to make this a sticky for you. :)
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Postby CinderDee » January 10th, 2010, 2:39 am

Kato is donating blood. We have the tubes here and will be sending it out on Monday. It makes me happy to do something to help so maybe others won't have to go through this.

Thanks Allie! :hug3:
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Postby ParisStreetPitCrew » January 10th, 2010, 10:15 am

Thanks for the support-- and the sticky. :)
I just wanted to get the word out there about what were doing so we don't miss out on owners who would like to help. I know the disease afflicts so many of our loved ones.
I'm happy to be a part of this project.

Dee-- you and Kato are superstars. :D
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Postby Patch O' Pits » January 10th, 2010, 11:01 am

YOU are awesome!
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Postby iluvk9 » January 10th, 2010, 11:21 am

This is phenomenal, and I wish you ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD for helping our dogs.


CinderDee wrote:Kato is donating blood. We have the tubes here and will be sending it out on Monday. It makes me happy to do something to help so maybe others won't have to go through this.


What a fabulous gesture!
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Postby ParisStreetPitCrew » January 10th, 2010, 11:50 am

Patch O' Pits wrote:YOU are awesome!


Haha. Thanks T.

I was just talking with Dee the other night about the project, and even though it is a WONDERFUL thing we're doing and I'm so overwhelmingly proud... that doesn't mean it is always easy. I personally don't have a cancer dog (Jasmine donated a benign tumor to the project before it started a while back), but as a dog lover and owner, I feel a real connection to the dogs who are affected by cancer and the dogs that are donating. I feel deeply for their families. This is a really important thing we're doing, but it hits me hard sometimes.

I think ones of the biggest points I like to make and focus on when I'm having a tough time is that myself and others in the lab are absolutely passionate about dogs... they are our families, our guardian angels, our jokesters, our guides, and generally a part of who WE are! We are not just scientists working in a lab with DNA. You know?

So get the word out there if you know anyone who might want to be a part of this.
There is also contact info on the website. The email/phone numbers there go right to our Senior Research Veterinarian. She's an incredible woman.
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Postby CinderDee » January 10th, 2010, 3:09 pm

iluvk9 wrote:This is phenomenal, and I wish you ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD for helping our dogs.


CinderDee wrote:Kato is donating blood. We have the tubes here and will be sending it out on Monday. It makes me happy to do something to help so maybe others won't have to go through this.


What a fabulous gesture!


Thanks Joyce! I'm happy that we're able to help in some small way. :)
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Postby Marinepits » January 10th, 2010, 11:39 pm

Fantastic project and thank you for posting about it! I will definitely spread the word.....
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Postby mnp13 » January 12th, 2010, 10:01 am

May I cross post this?
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Postby Pit♥bull » January 12th, 2010, 12:15 pm

Trouble will be participating, Dr. F is already making arrangements :)
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Postby Jenn » January 12th, 2010, 1:05 pm

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Postby madremissy » January 12th, 2010, 7:20 pm

What a wonderful thing. :)
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Postby ParisStreetPitCrew » January 13th, 2010, 10:01 pm

mnp13 wrote:May I cross post this?


Sure, and thank you.

The best way for people to learn more is through the site and contacting us via the email address on the site. Of course those I know on the forums can absolutely contact me with questions. :wink:

www.vai.org/helpingdogs
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