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December 13, 2002 - October 19, 2015
like people, get cancer. 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???
As luck would have it, the oncology department was conducting a
clinical trial studying the efficacy of the simultaneous use of
two chemotherapy drugs on Mast Cell tumors. Charger was immediately
enrolled in the study.
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.
Against Cancer is a canine cancer research fund at
the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. The
fund is managed by the UW Foundation and covered
under their 501(c)(3) status. 100% of your tax deductible
donation goes directly to research. Our goal will
not be met until we find a cure for all forms of canine cancer.
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
for the article).
Support for Charge Against Cancer has grown nationally
as donations have come in from across the country. Answers must
be found. Although cancer is often thought to be an "old dog"
disease, more and more dogs are diagnosed with cancer who are younger
than 4 years of age. Research is the key to diagnosing,
treating, and beating cancer!
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.
knowledge 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!
A necropsy was performed. Through a bizarre twist of fate, at some
time in his life, Charger had inhaled something that lodged in his
lung. His body encapsulated it, creating enough scar tissue to wear
against his aorta... Charger died from a tear in his aorta.
No cancer was found; none of his organs compromised from the
three rounds of various chemotherapies given over the 5 years.
would like to help in the fight against canine cancer, please follow
the steps listed below:
To donate, click on the CAC sign; you will be redirected to the
University of Wisconsin Foundation. In the box titled FIND YOUR
CAUSE, type Charge and Charge Against Cancer comes up. Follow
the prompts to complete your donation.
Enter your personal information.
Enter your payment information.
Review and submit your donation!
approximately 2-3 weeks you will receive a receipt from
the UW Foundation.
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 dogs and cats with cancer.
Charge Against Cancer funds the ideas,
the initial clinical trials that can eventually lead to national
canine cancer studies (such as the canine cancer vaccine trial).
That is why no donation is too small and every dollar can make a
donations to the
Charge Against Cancer Fund
Research for cancer treatments;
- Cancer therapy clinical trials;
diagnostics and equipment for treating cancer;
Canine oncology education.
you please consider donating to help us eliminate canine cancer?
ONCOLOGY TRIALS at
UW VETERINARY CARE updated 10/28/2021
Dogs with Nasal Tumors: Evaluate the Effect of Radiotherapy on
Oral Health in Dogs
(study funded by Charge Against Cancer)
Dogs with Bladder Cancer
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
Dogs with Osteosarcoma: Evaluate the Safety and Anti-tumor-Anti-Pain
Effects of Combination
GEM/IB and Docetaxel treatment
* Melanoma with Metastasis: Evaluation of a Targeted Radiation
Treatment Combined with an Immunotherapy Treatment for Dogs with
Healthy Dogs of Certain Breeds: Vaccination Against Canine Cancer
Dogs with Osteosarcoma, Transitional Cell Carcinima, or Squamous
Cell Carcinoma: Oncolytic Heropes Virus Study
Melanoma Without Metastasis: Evaluation of a Novel Immunotherapy
in Combination with Radiation Therapy in Dogs
information on any of the above studies, please click
Information provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association
than 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year.
is the number 1 cause of death in dogs over 2 years old.
is the cause of nearly 50% of the deaths of older dogs (10
yrs & up).
detection is vital. You should routinely examine your dog for
any physical or behavioral abnormalities.
Warning Signs of Cancer in Pets
(UW Veterinary Care)
Masses, especially those that grow quickly, feel firm, or are
changing in appearance (becoming bruised or ulcerated)
2. Persistent vomiting
4. Dramatic weight change
5. Sudden lameness or swelling of the leg
6. Blood coming from the mouth or nose, especially if accompanied
by a foul odor
7. Swelling of the abdomen, especially if accompanied by decreased
energy or pale gums
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Major changes in appetite and energy beyond normal age-related
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating
12th Birthday Charger! And what a face!
This was Charger four months after completing
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