One Cure was founded on the principle that cancer affects all creatures and that treatment breakthroughs come through collaborations between scientists and doctors who are working with pets and people. For more than three decades, the Flint Animal Cancer Center has been the world’s leader in comparative oncology research. By establishing partnerships with the National Cancer Institute, academic institutions, and foundations we are committed to growing the field and conquering cancer in all species.
Gifts to One Cure support our Clinical Trials program which is the largest in veterinary medicine. Each year, the One Cure team manages approximately 30 clinical trials to study more effective therapies for a variety of cancer types including, osteosarcoma, lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and brain tumors.
The Promise of Comparative Oncology
Comparative oncology is the study of naturally occurring cancers in more than one species. In particular, studies of companion dogs provide valuable information in our quest for understanding. Now more than ever, thanks to loving owners who seek specialized veterinary care when their pet is diagnosed with cancer, we have incredible opportunities to learn. Through companion animal clinical trials, we’re finding better and less costly treatments, improved diagnostic tools, and even preventative interventions, which can benefit all cancer patients.
The Answer to Cancer May Be Walking Right Beside Us
Studying canine cancer helps us learn more about human cancer.
Cancers in dogs develop naturally, just like in people
Dogs live in the same environment, breathe the same air, and drink the same water
People and dogs have similar immune systems
Dogs share 85% of our genetic make-up
Cancers in dogs and people share many features.
Appearance under a microscope
Tumor growth and spread
Response to conventional treatment (chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation) and novel therapies
Canine trials decrease the time & cost of drug development.
Clinical trials in dogs offer a more flexible design
Duration of a canine study is 1-3 years vs. 5-10 years in people