Launched in 2011, the One Cure initiative is founded on the principle that cancer affects all creatures and that treatment breakthroughs come through collaboration between scientists and doctors working with people and animals. This approach is known as comparative oncology and it is the guiding concept of One Cure and the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. At the Flint Animal Cancer Center, we work to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in pets, and team with the human medical field to translate research findings that will help people with cancer. One Cure’s mission is to advance translational cancer research through comparative oncology clinical trials. One Cure’s goal is to raise awareness and funding to support Flint Animal Cancer Center's clinical trials program and other comparative oncology research.
Progress in the fight against cancer requires knowledge gained from both laboratory and clinical research, which comes together in clinical trials for pets with naturally occurring cancers. These studies aim to bring new, promising treatments to cancer patients, both pets and humans, with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing side effects. At the the Flint Animal Cancer Center, we see more than 1,500 new cancer patients every year. Annually, about 130 patients enroll in carefully-monitored clinical trials, each one specific for their cancer type. With owner consent, our canine and feline patients are pioneers in cancer research, helping us move cutting-edge treatments off the laboratory bench and into clinical practice; providing hope to the next generation of animal and human cancer patients.