help us research cancer
We're researching cancer to help fight this dreaded disease. Cancer is the most common cause of death in companion animals and the AHT’s research aims to change this.
There are around 200 different types of cancer that affect dogs, for example, so there is always more research and fundraising to do in order to get a better understanding of cancer, how it develops, how it spreads and how it responds to treatment, in order to help vets fight it.
A donation of just £5 could buy a cheek swab kit - a simple, painless way to collect DNA from dogs which is essential to our ongoing research. Please continue to give whatever you can and help us to help them.
Since opening its doors in early 2013, the Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust has gone from strength to strength.
In 2015 we delivered 1,325 fractions of radiotherapy treating twice as many patients this year than last year. We’ve treated more than 35 breeds of dog with 15 different types of cancer. We’ve also treated five cats and a horse with external beam radiation.
There are still many more animals that need our care, to this end there is a much-needed extension planned for our small animal clinic to enable us to treat even more patients and not have to turn them away due to lack of kennel space or consulting rooms.
This is good news for patients and clients but it means it is all the more important that we find better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer through our research.
That’s why we need your help.
We are actively researching cancer in many ways. Clinical oncologists undertake research projects designed to improve the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. At the same time, molecular biologists are making progress in understanding the nature of different cancers by studying the molecular make up of tumours. Investigations are also underway to try and understand more about the inherited risk factors for specific cancers in certain breeds.
A prominent area of cancer research at the AHT is the development of more reliable prognostic tests for cancer. This research has the potential to benefit dogs of all breeds that develop the tumour types currently being investigated, such as mast cell tumours and oral and uveal melanomas. It is extremely important for vets to be able to accurately predict how a tumour
will behave; e.g. if it will spread, and whether a tumour will respond to treatment.
Please join this fight against cancer by donating whatever you can.
We want to reduce the suffering and loss caused by cancer: both for the companion animals affected by cancer, and their loving owners who face the heartbreak.
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