Cancer is the leading cause of death in humans under the age of 85, as well as the leading cause of disease-related death in dogs. The estimated lifetime risk for cancer in both people and dogs is approximately 1 in 3, so as a group of diseases, cancer represents one of the major medical priorities for our society. We have focused much of our effort to study cancers that occur naturally in people and dogs. Our pet dogs share our environment closely, allowing us to examine not only the heritable risk factors, but also those associated with the environment.
Information on the types of cancer we study in our laboratory
These links to reputable websites offer detailed information on cancer causes, prevention, and treatment, as well as support for patients and families.
Resources for cancer patients and families coping with cancer
The emotional toll that comes with a cancer diagnosis can be devastating. There are various resources that can be useful in helping patients and families cope with cancer.
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center’s Veterinary Social Services is an amazing resource for families coping with a pet’s cancer diagnosis or grieving a pet’s loss. Visit Social Work Services at the VMC.
The Masonic Cancer Center’s clinical partner is University of Minnesota Health. For resources available to human patients and their families coping with cancer, visit Caring for our Patients.