Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center
Advancing Cancer Research
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About the CSU Animal Cancer Center

Our mission at the Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center is to improve prevention and treatment of cancer in animals and humans. We attain our mission through the thoughtful, innovative, caring, and careful study of the causes and treatment of the disease in animals.

CSU Animal Cancer CenterAt the CSU ACC, we are proud of our research program in basic and clinical research. The Animal Cancer Center has 12 laboratories and studies many aspects of cancer research. To learn more about the specific laboratories please review our available laboratories and research areas.

Some of the research conducted here is what is generally referred to as basic bench research. This means conducting experiments in test tubes and petri dishes. Some of our researchers also conduct clinical research, mostly in the form of clinical trials, that allow our patients to potentially benefit from the latest diagnostics and treatments that are not yet on the market.

Our research subjects are dogs and cats that come to our facility as patients with naturally occurring cancers. We do not have a colony of dogs or cats that we maintain and artificially induce cancer to study! Our clinical patients provide the best research population because they have spontaneously occurring tumors (they are not artificially caused in a laboratory), they share their home environment with people, and studying their cancers can help not only the patient and other dogs/cats but also people. Many of the cancers that dogs, in particular, contract also occur in people. Studying dogs with cancer helps to close the gap between rodent studies and clinical trials in people because cancer in dogs and cancer in people have many similarities.

Dogs and cats that enroll in our clinical trials program, with owner consent, receive treatment on an outpatient basis while they continue to live at home. Our nurses and veterinarians make certain they receive all the tests and treatments outlined in their specific protocol and make certain the patients are doing well during treatment. The main goal for every patient is good quality of life.