Name of the Fund:
The Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation Cancer Treatment Support Fund
Who/what does it fund?
Funding care for pets with cancer whose owners cannot afford care
Financial assistance available for individuals living in the following region(s):
NY, NJ, VT, NH, ME, MA, RI, and CT
How to apply?
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has limited patient assistance that is made available to patients through donations. To find out if you qualify for this program, contact Wendy English in the Customer Experience Office at 607-253-3030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an application.
Principal investigator: Dr. Margaret C. McEntee, Cornell University
Cancer has increasingly become an important cause of illness and death in companion animals, but limited resources are available for early testing of new treatments. As a result, little clinical data is available to confirm efficacy of these treatments in cats. In addition, some of the most effective chemotherapeutic agents aren’t usable in cats due to their administration requirements or potential to cause toxicity. Docetaxel is one of the most effective human anticancer drugs, but because it causes adverse reactions in cats when given intravenously, it hasn’t been thoroughly evaluated. Docetaxel combined with cyclosporine dramatically improves the absorption of oral docetaxel from the GI tract, and avoids the adverse reactions. A previously funded study determined the best dose of oral docetaxel. This study will now evaluate the effectiveness of docetaxel in treatment of cats with epithelial cancer.