beat cancer, and now his legacy lives on...
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Each year, over six million dogs are diagnosed with cancer. In 2010, our Charger was a healthy seven year old Golden Retriever, actively competing in agility, but in May, we noticed a small bump on his muzzle; that little bump was unfortunately diagnosed as a Stage 2 Mast Cell tumor.
looked to the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care clinic for
help. Imagine the shock when the oncologist said that even with
successful chemotherapy, Charger had 6-7 months to live. How
could this happy, healthy dog be gone by December???
Six months later, Charger was in remission, once again competing at an agility trial. And it was at that December trial during the morning briefing, that Charge Against Cancer was founded.
Charge Against Cancer is a canine cancer research fund at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. CAC is managed by the UW Foundation and covered under their 501(c)(3) status. 100% of your tax deductible donation goes directly to research. Until we find a cure for all forms of canine cancer, our goal is not complete.
Charger's cancer returned two more times, but each time, chemotherapies were able to get him back into remission. He continued to fight and live a pampered life, as any dog should.
Charger was the only dog still alive from
that initial clinical trial. Charger's battle with cancer was featured
in On Call, the veterinary school's newsletter (click here
for the article).
At one of Charger's last check ups, I met a woman whose dog was battling lymphoma. He too was enrolled in a clinical trial where half of the dogs enrolled had died. She questioned whether or not she should continue with his treatment. My advise to her - just because the treatment wasn't working for the other dogs, didn't mean yours wouldn't be the one dog that it helps. It was 5 1/2 years, 70+ appointments, and over 9500 miles traveled, but Charger was living proof that it only takes one to make a difference.
gained from clinical trials is how Charger beat cancer not once,
not twice, but three times. Charger died in my arms October 19,
2015, but he DID NOT DIE FROM CANCER!
If you would like to help in the fight against canine cancer, please follow the steps listed below:
approximately 2-3 weeks you will receive a receipt from
University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine is among the
nation's top veterinary schools in the country. The Oncology Service
at UW Veterinary Care is world-renowned for making clinical advances
in the medical treatments of cats and dogs with cancer.
donations to the
- Research for cancer treatments and cancer therapy clinical trials;
- Advanced diagnostics and equipment for treating cancer;
- Canine oncology education.
Won't you consider donating to help us eliminate canine cancer?
ONCOLOGY TRIALS at
* Dogs with Lung Masses
* B-Cell Lymphoma in Dogs: Evaluating the effect of regulatory T cell and killer T cell numbers in blood and tumor tissues of dogs with B cell lymphoma on progression-free survival
Melanoma: Evaluation of a Targeted Radiation Treatment Combined
with an Immunotherapy Treatment for Dogs with Metastatic Melanoma
* Osteosarcoma: Evaluation of a Recombinant, Attenuated Listeria Monocytogenes Expressing a Chimeric Human Her2/neu Protein (ADXS31-164c ) in Dogs With Osteosarcoma in the Adjuvant Setting
* Osteosarcoma with Lung Metastasis: Evaluation of a Novel Anticancer Drug in Combination with a Common Chemotherapy drug for the Treatment of Osteosarcoma Metastasis
* Dogs With Any Cancer (except mast cell tumor or hemangiosarcoma): Evaluation of a Novel Oral Anticancer Agent
* Healthy Dogs of Certain Breeds: Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study - FULL
* Dogs with Mast Cell Tumors
For information on any of the above studies, please click here.
Early detection is vital. You should routinely examine your dog for any physical or behavioral abnormalities.
Things to look for:
Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
12th Birthday Charger! And what a face!
Charge Against Cancer is a project of AgilGold Retrievers, Burlington, Wisconsin