Cancer research/study

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From: riverwin@lakedaleli
To: riverwin@lakedaleli
Sent: 2/3/2010 4:30:04 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Cancer Research

This just came to me from a friend who breeds Keeshonds. It is of interest to anyone who has a pure-bred dog affected with any of the cancers listed in the study. Peggy

Subject: FW: [keeshowbreeders] Cancer Research

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The Van Andel Research Institute, a world class human
cancer research
institute, recently received a Federally fund grant through the
Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, to study five
types of
cancer that occur in both dogs and humans. The ultimate goal
is to develop
improved diagnostics and more individualized therapies for
both canines and

We are requesting the help of purebred dog owners, who may
own a dog
affected with one of these cancers. The five initial cancers we
are studying


  1. Hemangiosarcoma
  2. Lymphoma
  3. Osteosarcoma
  4. Malignant histiocytosis
  5. Melanoma of the mouth or toe

We are requesting fresh (NOT in formalin, NOT frozen) tissue
samples from
tumors, when pets have biopsies, surgeries such as
splenectomies, or are
euthanized. Samples may be collected post mortem, as the
solution does not affect the DNA in either the dog's blood or in
the tumor

Additionally, if you have a dog with one of these cancers who
has already
been treated (splenectomy, chemo, etc), we would still
appreciate a blood
sample along with a histopath report confirming the diagnosis.
We need 3-5
mls of whole blood in an EDTA (purple top) tube. It can be
sent priority
mail, and blood can be shipped at room temperature.

If the pet is scheduled for surgery or, sadly, euthanasia, if you
or your
veterinarian contact us ahead of time, we can FedEx a
collection kit which
includes an overnight FedEx return shipping form, along with
media and containers.

Owner consent forms and veterinary info pages can be found
on our website,

http://www.vai. org/helpingdogs

I will be happy to answer any questions I can, as well. Owners,
veterinarians and researchers working together will help us to
unravel some
of the mysteries of these nasty diseases.

Roe Froman, DVM
Senior Veterinary Research Scientist
Van Andel Research Institute
333 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
roe.froman@vai. org

hi tanza i dont know what happen with my computer but it didnt let me reply to ur message.

I just talked to one of the geneticists working with this group yesterday at the ACoD. They are also looking for bitches who had mammary tumors. If I understood correctly they may also consider other cancer types if they can get 60 dogs of the same breed with the same type of cancer.

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