New Hemangiosarcoma Research

SAR Brady (certifications: NAPWDA Area Search, NASAR SAR TECH II, NASAR Canine SAR TECH II, Canine Good Citizen

This is Brady, one of the dogs that we are following and who has received a grant from our foundation to help with his hemangiosarcoma’s treatment costs.

A new study jointly conducted by Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute may one day help both canines and humans with this form of cancer.

Brian Druker, M.D., director of the OHSU Cancer Institute who discovered the targeted therapy drug Gleevec for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), is teaming up with OSU veterinary oncologist and researcher Stuart Helfand, D.V.M. Dr. Helfand was one of the first to discover abnormalities in hemangiosarcoma growth pathways similar to those responsible for CML in humans.

Hemangiosarcomas strike all dog breeds, but is more often noted in German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. It is a rapidly growing, highly invasive cancer. Thanks to this grant, the Druker Laboratory is now studying a cell line developed in Helfand’s laboratory from a German Shepherd that died of this sarcoma. The researchers want to see what drugs can be developed to treat this disease. In turn, this research may ultimately benefit people with similar cancers.

6 thoughts on “New Hemangiosarcoma Research

  1. What a gorgeous boy! I just want to kiss that face. I’m sad to hear that he has HSA, but so glad that he got a grant to help with treatment costs. I had also recently read about Gleevec and the research going on in Oregon. That is huge, encouraging news. Hopefully one of these days (sooner rather than later), there will a cure/vaccine for this awful cancer.

  2. Let’s hope a cure comes some day. My lovely golden Bailey died quickly from this and I hate to see any more dogs lost to HSA. I wish Brady and his family the best.

  3. Dear Rochelle,

    A while ago I posted regarding my golden retriever, Justin, and spoke of our success treating his brain tumor with stereotactic radiation. (He has been seizure free, medication free and thriving since January!) In a new, upsetting turn, Justin was diagnosed with a hemgiosarcoma in his right hind leg. It’s inoperable. Any information you could pass along regarding the treatment described above would be most welcome. Thank you.

  4. We lost our Shana in March of 2008 of Hemangiosarcoma near her Spleen. After we chose surgery we had 2.5 months with her at 100%. We are in the process of looking for another Golden Puppy but I’m afraid of the same thing happening. We loved our Shana so much

  5. I have been reading many of the questions and concerns about Hemangiosarcoma. My Rot-Chow (now 9yrs old) was diagnosed in Oct of 2008. Her Spleen was removed and she under went Chemo. Since I live in Oregon, I have met with Dr.Helfand ( one of the key researchers in this field and co-developer of Gleevec,who is monitoring my dog ) and we started her on Gleevec 3 months ago. We are documenting her use of this new drug for canines. I must warn you however, it his very costly. On average you will spend ( at the recomended 300mg dose a day) $ 3,000.00 a month. A gentleman in Calif.,has had his dog on this drug for over a year now with fairly good results. But remember that it is still in the experiemental stages. Good luck to all.

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