Lindsey and Angelo adopted Chloe, a boxer and bulldog mix, and her brother, Captain, when they were puppies. Five years later, the family moved to Colorado from Maryland and enjoyed exploring their new home together.
In February 2017, Lindsey and Angelo woke up in the middle of the night to find Chloe having a seizure. They brought Chloe to her veterinarian for evaluation, but all of the tests results were negative. One month later, Chloe had three seizures in the same day that resulted in partial-paralysis on one side of her body. Chloe’s veterinarian referred her to a neurologist for evaluation. An MRI found a brain tumor.
Facing a poor prognosis, less than one month without medical intervention, or three to six months with conventional treatment that typically involves surgery and/or radiation therapy, Lindsey and Angelo hoped for other options. At that point, Chloe was not well. She had a hard time walking, and wasn’t up for play. Her seizures continued as well. Lindsey asked the neurologist about clinical trials, particularly at CSU, hoping there might be a new and less invasive option that held promise for a better outcome. She heard about the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at CSU from a friend in Maryland and after some research, Lindsey learned about a new study for canine brain tumors led by veterinary neuro-oncologist Dr. Rebecca Packer.
Chloe’s family reached out to CSU and found out that Chloe was a candidate for the Canine Brain Tumor Vaccine Clinical Trial at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. In April 2017, she was one of the first patients to enroll in the trial, and received the vaccination every other week for 12 weeks and then every three months for the remainder of the six-month study.
“For us, the clinical trial made sense,” said Lindsay. “It wasn’t invasive like surgery, just injections. We also were guided by the fact that this research could help other dogs and maybe even people.”
At the end of November 2017, seven months after treatment started, Chloe’s tumor is smaller and she’s feeling great! According to her family, she has more energy than ever and she shows few signs that she has cancer at all. And, thankfully, her seizures have subsided.
“We thought we would be lucky if she made it until June or July,” said Lindsey. “Today, she’s 100 percent her normal self. We have no doubt that she wouldn’t be with us today without CSU.”
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