Friday, August 7, 2015

PuppyUp Foundation grant funds study of canine bone cancer treatment

The PuppyUp Foundation recently presented a $96,000 grant to Dr. Neil Christensen, Radiation Oncologist at the University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine for the study of analgesic and systemic immune response to stereotactic radiation therapy in canine osteosarcoma.

Osteosarcoma is a highly aggressive and painful bone cancer that affects both dogs and humans. With 10,000 new cases diagnosed in dogs each year, it is the most common form of canine bone tumor, and most dogs succumb to the disease within a year of diagnosis.

Oncologists at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine have been investigating osteosarcoma for some time, looking to uncover its underlying causes and develop more effective therapies. And now, thanks to this $96,000 grant from the PuppyUp Foundation, the school will launch a new study aimed at improving mobility and quality of life for dogs afflicted by the disease.

PuppyUp, one of the largest pet and people cancer foundations, was established to support comparative oncology and educate the public about common links between cancer in pets and people. PuppyUp mobilizes support and raises funds for translational cancer studies that benefit both humans and canines.

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