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Our program consists of a research enterprise that works in tandem with a clinical oncology service. In the clinic, our goal is providing compassionate, effective care for pets with cancer – restoring function where possible and providing maximum life extension with the highest possible quality of life. Our research lab is geared to finding the causes for cancer, understanding the mechanisms that drive tumor behavior and tumor progression, and ultimately identifying the targets that will allow us to prevent, control, and treat different types of cancer. In addition, we are working to determine how cancers that occur in animals are similar to cancers that occur in humans, so that we can apply what we learn from our companion animals to people and vice versa. The bridge between the lab and the clinic is built with clinical trials, which tell us whether what we’ve learned in the lab translates to effective treatment.

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