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Fall 2016
Flint Animal Cancer Center Documentary Follows the Advancement of Comparative Oncology
Joe and Sue Schmidt, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., sat with their golden retriever, Riley, in front-row seats at Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service in downtown Denver, one evening in late September 2016. They watched the flow of two-, three-, and four-legged invitees pouring into the screening room and making their way to seats or greeting a familiar face already arrived for this highly anticipated event. Although the more than 90 guests may not all know one another, they share one experience: they have all been touched by cancer.

Spring 2016
Fifth Annual One Cure Dinner: Research Can Beat Cancer, and the Answer May Be Walking Beside Us
Cancer survivors of the two-legged and four-legged kind, and their friends and families, gathered in Denver on April 23, 2016, at the fifth annual One Cure fundraising dinner to share personal stories of hope, healing, and remembrance, and to raise money for cancer research. 

Fall 2015
3M Oncology Renovation Project Will Create Modern, State-of-the-Art Clinic for Veterinary Oncology Patients
Beginning in January 2016, an extensive renovation project at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital will bring together all functions and activities related to oncology into one, state-of-the-art, custom-designed space that will enhance the hospital experience for patients and staff alike.

Summer 2015
National Cancer Policy Forum Workshop: Cancer Experts Call for More Integration Between Human and Veterinary Clinical Trials
A gathering of leading cancer experts in Washington, D.C., earlier this summer concluded with a call for a more unified approach to translational cancer research. General consensus among participants was that improved communication and coordination across veterinary and human clinical trials could help speed the development of new cancer treatments.

Fall 2014
Donation-Supported Consultation Service: More Than a Decade Providing Cancer Information and Expertise to Clients and Veterinarians Around the Globe
A diagnosis of cancer in a pet can be intimidating for both the pet owner and the veterinarian. That is why, for more than a decade, Colorado State University's Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center has provided a support service that connects clients and practicing veterinarians – anywhere in the world – to its expert clinicians through a free-of-charge, donation-supported consultation service.

Summer 2014
Veterinary Oncology Residents: Lifeblood of the Flint Animal Cancer Center
By the time a veterinary student is ready to qualify for a residency, they have already achieved a considerable level of scholarship: an undergraduate degree, four years of veterinary coursework and a one year internship. Veterinary school curriculum covers a broad range of medical knowledge, training in basic clinical skills, but limited hands-on experience.

Fall 2013
Special Research Issue: Improving and Saving Lives Through Advances in Drug Therapy, Imaging, DNA Testing, Client Education, and More
This special issue showcases the work of several of our best veterinary researchers, faculty, and labs engaged in scientific studies that span the spectrum from genetic signatures to client-education methods. We have a broad portfolio of research programs at the Flint Animal Cancer Center to benefit our patients and our clients, and to support new advances in human cancer research.

Spring 2013
Advantages of Using Nuclear Imaging in Cancer Staging
The dark, sleek Rottweiler had been sedated, connected to gas anesthesia and was now being gently positioned into an inflatable, individually pre-formed cushion for the second PET/CT scan of her life. The nuclear medicine team had prepared an injection of special imaging agents, "tracers," that would allow her veterinary oncologists to see, with precision, the location and size of any tumors that had metastasized from Lucy Neu's previous cancer.

Fall 2012
Multidisciplinary Musculoskeletal Research Helps Animals, Veterans and Children
Thankfully, scientists at research universities such as CSU, and the many agencies that fund them, have a new approach: multidisciplinary research teams. Assembling a team of researchers of varied expertise to focus on a problem increases the chance of success, especially in the case of medical problems because they are multifaceted and, as in research at the Flint Animal Cancer Center, translational.

Summer 2012
Dr. Stephen Withrow Transitions to Retirement
Visionary, Leader, Legend in Veterinary and Translational Cancer Research and Co-Founder of the CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center. After 40 years in veterinary medicine, 31 of them in the specialty he helped found, veterinary oncology, Dr. Stephen Withrow transitioned to retirement on May 26, 2012, leaving a legacy of professional excellence, visionary spirit and hope.

Winter 2012
Clinical Trials Faculty Appointed Thanks to Gift from Anschutz Foundation
With support from The Anschutz Foundation, the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University has named Dr. Jenna Burton, assistant professor and a board certified veterinary medical oncologist, as the first full-time clinical trials faculty member.

Winter 2011
Contributing to Advances in Feline Cancer Treatments
A 10-year-old longhaired orange tabby cat named Cyrano is a rarity among his species. Not for his weight, a hefty 28 pounds, but because he is one of the first cats in the country to undergo a highly specialized radiation treatment for bone cancer, thanks to state-of-the-art medicine available at the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University.

Summer 2010
Meet Dr. Rodney Page, the New Director of Colorado State University's Animal Cancer Center
Dr. Page comes to CSU from Cornell University where he was the founding director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research and served as the chair for the Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Winter 2010
Man's Best Friend Aids Cancer Researchers in Designing New Treatments
Pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancer may provide researchers with important information on how to improve diagnoses and design more effective treatments for human cancers.

Winter 2009
One Young D.V.M. Finds his Niche in Colorado State's Cancer Biology Program
Dr. Luke Wittenburg, a fourth-year student in Colorado State University's Cancer Biology Ph.D. program, offers a smile and a chuckle when asked about his decision to leave a career in private practice to return to school to pursue an advanced research degree.

Summer 2008
Dr. E. Hadley Jr.: Deepest Thanks to a Quiet Philanthropist
When Dr. Stephen Withrow first met the quiet, unassuming man in the plaid shirt and jeans, his only thoughts were for the golden retriever accompanying the man. The dog's name was Sunny and she had a nasty tumor in her upper jaw.

Winter 2007 - 2008
Five Years in Review: From the Desk of the Director, Dr. Stephen Withrow
It is hard to believe that five years have passed since we walked through the doors of our new wing, The Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center. They have been hectic, eventful years marked by some enormous successes and strong support from our clients, our professional colleagues and the Colorado State University administration.

Winter 2006 - 2007
CSU Animal Cancer Center Will Lead the Way in Radiation Therapy Advances
In September 2007, the most versatile tool available to oncologists anywhere will open a new chapter in the success of the Animal Cancer Center. A newly-acquired linear accelerator, the Varian Trilogy System, will give clinicians the ability to deliver radiation therapy at higher doses with unparalleled accuracy and far fewer side effects.

Winter 2005 - 2006
Cancer Biology Degree Program
Joe Sottnik appears to be a normal graduate student, with a ready smile and an open, friendly manner. Not too far into the conversation, though, when he begins to sprinkle the discussion with terms such as “immunotherapy” and “molecular signatures,” the highly intelligent, thoughtful student of biology and medicine begins to emerge.

Winter 2004 - 2005
Animal Cancer Center Proposes New 10 Million Dollar Program
An ambitious 10 million dollar plan proposed by the Colorado State University Robert H. Flint Animal Cancer Center to vastly increase and expand research, development, and application of new cancer treatments, as well as create new national and international research partnerships, has been laid before the Colorado State University Academic Enrichment Program committee.