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Penn Vet Shelter Canine
Mammary Tumor Program

What We Believe In

Penn Vet, Dr. Karin SorenmoThe purpose of this program is to provide care to shelter dogs with mammary tumors that are homeless and without access to the care they need to survive. Mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women have many similarities, both in terms of risk factors and biology.

By providing care to these dogs we will also advance our knowledge of breast cancer biology by studying the early molecular alterations associated with tumor development and progression. Such research can improve our understanding of breast cancer in general, and thus benefit both dogs and humans.

 "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Annual Walk

A Group from the The Penn Vet Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program regularly participates in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Annual walk. We walk with our dogs and some of the dogs from the shelter Program. These dogs are true survivors: They have overcome incredible hardship; they have survived homelessness and through our program they have survived breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Research

They are also making valuable contribution to breast cancer research:

  • By studying the molecular features in tumors we hope to answer key question about how breast cancer develop and progress. This research may help us identify new targets and drugs for breast cancer prevention and treatment.
  • By participating in the ACS walk we solidify the united fight against breast cancer; and confirm the commitment to “One Medicine; Many Species”.
  • By providing care to these homeless dogs we are advancing research that may benefit both humans and dogs so that we can make “Big Strides” in the fight against breast cancer.     

"This has been one of the most wonderful projects I have worked on as a veterinary oncologist," says Dr. Karin Sorenmo. "To be able to provide care to homeless dogs without access to care and to give them a new lease on life has been incredibly rewarding for everybody involved. The fact that through this care we can improve our understanding of how breast cancer develops, and thus advance cancer research in general, doubles the reward."

Penn Vet, Dr. Karin Sorenmo with Brownie 

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